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November 3, 2008    DOL Home > ESA > OFCCP > OFCCP Directives   

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

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OFCCP ensures employers comply with nondiscrimination and affirmative actions laws & regulations when doing business with the federal government.

How to File a Complaint

Individuals who are protected by OFCCP may file a complaint if they believe they have been discriminated against by federal contractors or subcontractors. A complaint may also be filed by organizations or other individuals on behalf of the person or persons affected.

If a complaint filed under Executive Order 11246, as amended, involves discrimination against only one person, the OFCCP will normally refer it to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Such referrals are made under a Memorandum of Understanding between the two federal agencies.

Complaints that involve groups of people or indicate patterns of discrimination are generally investigated by the OFCCP. The program also investigates individual or group complaints filed under the disability and veterans laws.

Executive Order 11246, as amended, complaints must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination unless the time for filing is extended for good cause shown. Complaints alleging violations of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (38 U.S.C. 4212), must be filed within 300 days unless the time for filing is extended for good cause shown. Extensions of the filing time require approval by OFCCP's Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Persons filing complaints should include a description of the alleged discrimination involved and any other related information which would assist in an investigation of the complaint.

Complaint Filing Process

A complaint may be filed with the OFCCP by completing the "Complaint of Discrimination in Employment Under Federal Government Contracts" form (Form CC-4). To file a complaint, the complainant can opt to:

  • complete and file the CC-4 complaint electronically with the appropriate OFCCP Regional Office, and your required signature will be obtained at the time you are interviewed; or
  • complete the CC-4 electronically, download and sign the complaint form, and fax or mail the form to the appropriate OFCCP Regional Office; or
  • complete, sign and file the CC-4 in person with any OFCCP District & Area office.; or
  • download the CC-4, manually complete and sign it, and fax or mail it the appropriate OFCCP Regional Office

The appropriate OFCCP Regional Office location is the office that covers the location where the alleged discrimination occurred.

It is important to note that, whatever method is used to file a complaint, the complaint cannot be considered valid without the required signature of the complainant. However, the required signature needed to validate the complaint will not necessarily alter the effective complaint filing date.

Accessing E-Complaint Form CC-4

Step 1:

In order to "view" the Form CC-4 you will need what is referred to as a "reader". The reader is software that converts PDF files to viewable documents that will appear on your monitor. There are several software publishers that provide free reader software for downloading. For your convenience we have provided a link to the free downloadable software provided by Adobe Systems Incorporated. This link is in no way an endorsement of either Adobe Systems Incorporated or Adobe Software.

Step 2:

Download  Form CC-4

If you have questions about the complaint process, would like to discuss the complaint, or would like to learn where to file a complaint, just call or visit any OFCCP District & Area office.

We Want to Know What you Think

OFCCP is interested in improving the relationship with its customers and improving the compliance assistance information and materials provided to the public. If you have interacted with OFCCP through:

  • a compliance evaluation;
  • complaint investigation;
  • compliance assistance seminar/workshop;
  • telephone/help desk inquiry; or

you have reviewed and/or received compliance assistance materials and you note areas that we can improve, please let OFCCP know your comments or suggestions by sending an email to OFCCP's public mailbox.



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