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Attorneys in the Employment and Labor Law Unit (ELLU) defend the Agency in personnel litigation brought against the Agency in federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The type of litigation that ELLU attorneys handle includes Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) claims raised with the EEOC, MSPB appeals by employees challenging imposed discipline, and MSPB appeals by employees alleging whistleblower retaliation.  The following are among the types of claims that ELLU handles:

EEO Retaliation

EEO Harassment


Sexual Harassment

Reasonable Accommodations

Prohibited Personnel Practices

Whistleblower Protection

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

Employee Misconduct and Discipline

Employee Performance

Suitability Determinations

Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Managers, supervisors and Human Resources staff who learn of litigation involving any of these issues should contact the ELLU by downloading and completing an ELLU Assignment Intake Form and sending the completed form to the ELLU Assignment Intake Email at

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