When to Settle an EEO Claim

An EEO Complaint may be settled at any time during the entire process from Informal Counseling (precomplaint stage) to EEOC Hearing.  Many Complaints are settled between the formal complaint and the Final Agency Decision (Hadley).  However, there are certain defined “periods” during which settlements occur.  Specifically,

  • During ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • After the issuance of the agency Report of Investigation (ROI) and before hearing

It is important to note an agency does not require a finding of “wrongdoing” to enter into a settlement with a complainant.

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