The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation of 2002 Act (No FEAR Act) is legislation that regulates federal employers. The purpose of the act is to help ensure that federal employees can work in an environment free from discrimination and retaliation.
What Does the No FEAR Act Do?
The No FEAR Act establishes certain requirements that all Federal agencies must follow:
- Federal employers must give notification to all employees of their rights under current whistleblower and anti-discrimination laws.
- Federal agencies must post statistical data on their public website that reports the number of equal employment opportunity complaints as well as break down those numbers into categories of the types of discrimination that the complaints alleged.
- Federal employers must make sure managers have proper training for the following categories: management of a diverse workforce, early and alternative conflict resolution, and essential communication skills.
- Federal agencies must conduct investigations into trends of these employee complaints to see whether there is a common cause for the complaints.
- Federal employers must establish a process to adequately deal with complaints and improve the workplace environment.
- Any federal employees who engage in discriminatory behavior should be promptly and fairly disciplined by the federal employer.
What Are the Training Requirements?
Federal agencies must train all employees and managers on their rights under the No FEAR Act. This training must occur at least once every two years. Additionally, new employees must receive a training within 90 days of starting their employment, if not during their orientation period.
Do I Have Any Protections If I Am a Federal Employee?
You do have protections as a federal employee of you want to report an employer for a violation of the law. The No FEAR Act puts higher standards on federal agencies to be more accountable for violations of anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
Seeking Legal Help
If your employer has not followed the provisions of the No FEAR Act, you may want to contact an employment law attorney. An experienced employment law lawyer can advise you of your rights and let you know if you may be entitled to any money damages in a lawsuit against your employer.