Q: I thought my agency's attorneys would defend me in an EEO complaint as a Responsible Management Official. Why do I need liability insurance for EEO complaints?
While it is true that the agency's attorneys are responsible for defending an EEO complaint and working with you to further the agency's defense of the EEO complaint, the agency's attorney represents the agency’s interests -- not yours. This means that the agency is the client and the attorney's duty of loyalty is to the agency only. Unfortunately, this could lead to a situation in which the agency's attorney is advancing an interest that is adverse to you.
In any type of complaint, investigation, or allegation, you need someone looking out for your interests. FEDS Protection provides you with your own personal attorney to defend you during the EEO investigation, and in the unfortunate event that there is a disciplinary action taken against you as a result of the EEO matter. FEDS Protection also provides legal defense and indemnity protection in civil lawsuits arising from your federal position, including alleged discriminatory behavior.
Coverage for EEO and other employment practice matters is included in all FEDS Protection policies at no additional cost.