DISPUTE RESOLUTION CLAIMS (effective until June 19, 2019. The provisions of CAA Reform Act will be updated.)
The following forms are provided to assist a covered employee in pursuing a claim of a violation of sections 201 through 207 of the Congressional Accountability Act under the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights' Administrative Dispute Resolution process.
Please note that certain forms require a password. All forms requiring a password are designated with a “P.” Contact the OCWR at (202) 724-9250 to obtain a password, if one is required.
To pursue a claim, a covered employee must file a Request for Counseling (form provided below) with the OCWR within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation.
Step 1: Counseling
Formal Request for Counseling (P)
To pursue a claim of a CAA violation, an employee must first submit a written request for counseling known as a formal request for counseling. If unsure whether a claim is covered under the CAA, please contact the OCWR at (202) 724-9250 and ask to speak to a Counselor. Please click here to access the form.
All calls and contacts are strictly confidential.
Agreement to Reduce Period for Counseling (P)
During formal counseling with the OCWR, an employee may request to reduce their 30-day counseling period. A request to reduce the counseling period must be approved by the Executive Director of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights. Please click here to access the form.
Withdrawal from Counseling with Right to Reinstate (P)
An employee may utilize this form to request to withdraw once from formal counseling with the OCWR, while preserving their right to reinstate their claim as long as the claim is reinstated within 180 days of the alleged violation. Please click here to access the form.
Request to Reinstate Counseling after Withdrawal (P)
An employee who has withdrawn from counseling, and who wishes to reinstate their claim, may utilize this form to request to reinstate counseling with the OCWR. Counseling on a single matter will not last longer than 30 days. Please click here to access the form.
At the conclusion of the Counseling period, the employee or their designated representative shall be notified by the Executive Director of the end of the formal counseling period, and of their responsibility to file a Request for Mediation with the OCWR if they want to proceed further with their case.
Step 2: Mediation
Request for Mediation (P)
In order to proceed with their case, an employee must file with the OCWR a Request for Mediation not more than 15 days following receipt of the Notice of End of Counseling. Please click here to access the form.
Step 3: Complaint
After completing counseling and mediation under the CAA, a covered employee may elect to file an administrative complaint with the OCWR or file a civil action in federal District Court. A complaint or civil action must be filed no sooner than 30 days nor later than 90 days from receipt of the Notice of End of Mediation. If no complaint or civil action is filed, the case will be closed. Please click here to access the form.