Federal employee awarded $75,000 for years of sexual harassment. Complainant filed an EEO alleging discrimination based on sex specifically that she was subjected to non-sexual and sexual harassment by her federal agency the Tennessee Valley Authority. After investigation, the Agency found that Complainant was subjected to unlawful harassment and awarded her $60,000 in non-pecuniary compensatory damages for emotional distress. The Complainant appealed to the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations or OFO. On appeal, the OFO increased her award to $75,000.
This case is a prime example of why a federal employee should request an EEOC hearing and not a Final Agency Decision or FAD.
Sonia B. v. Tennessee Valley Authority, EEOC Appeal No. 2019004252 (Aug. 10, 2020) https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/decisions/2020_12_07/2019004252.pdf
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