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• Part Number: 1979
• Part Title: Procedures for the Handling of Discrimination Complaints Under Section 519 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21ST Century
• Subpart: A
• Subpart Title: Complaints, Investigations, Findings and Preliminary Orders
• Standard Number: 1979.105
• Title: Issuance of findings and preliminary orders.


1979.105(a)
After considering all the relevant information collected during the investigation, the Assistant Secretary will issue, within 60 days of filing of the complaint, written findings as to whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that the named person has discriminated against the complainant in violation of the Act. If the Assistant Secretary concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred, he or she will accompany the findings with a preliminary order providing relief to the complainant. The preliminary order will include, where appropriate, a requirement that the named person abate the violation; reinstatement of the complainant to his or her former position, together with the compensation (including back pay), terms, conditions and privileges of the complainant's employment; and payment of compensatory damages. At the complainant's request the order may also assess against the named person the complainant's costs and expenses (including attorney's and expert witness fees) reasonably incurred in connection with the filing of the complaint. If the Assistant Secretary concludes that a violation has not occurred, the Assistant Secretary will notify the parties of that finding.
1979.105(a)(1)
If the Assistant Secretary concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred, he or she will accompany the findings with a preliminary order providing relief to the complainant. The preliminary order will include, where appropriate, a requirement that the named person abate the violation; reinstatement of the complainant to his or her former position, together with the compensation (including back pay), terms, conditions and privileges of the complainant's employment; and payment of compensatory damages. Where the named person establishes that the complainant is a security risk (whether or not the information is obtained after the complainant's discharge), a preliminary order of reinstatement would not be appropriate. At the complainant's request the order shall also assess against the named person the complainant's costs and expenses (including attorney's and expert witness fees) reasonably incurred in connection with the filing of the complaint.
1979.105(a)(2)
If the Assistant Secretary concludes that a violation has not occurred, the Assistant Secretary will notify the parties of that finding.
1979.105(b)
Upon the request of the named person, the Assistant Secretary shall determine, on the basis of information gathered under the procedures of § 1979.105, whether a complaint was frivolous or was brought in bad faith. If the the Assistant Secretary determines the complaint was frivolous or was brought in bad faith, the Assistant Secretary may award to the named person a reasonable attorney's fee not exceeding $1,000. In order to support such award, the Assistant Secretary may require the named person to provide evidence of the attorney's fee it has incurred.
1979.105(c)
The findings and the preliminary order will be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to all parties of record. The letter accompanying the findings and order will inform the parties of the right to object to the findings and/or the order and will give the address of the Chief Administrative Law Judge. At the same time, the Assistant Secretary will file with the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Labor, the original complaint and a copy of the findings and order.
1979.105(d)
The findings and the preliminary order shall be effective 30 days after receipt by the named person, but shall be inoperative if an objection to the findings and preliminary order has been timely filed. However, the portion of any preliminary order requiring reinstatement shall be effective immediately upon receipt of the findings and preliminary order, regardless of any objections to the findings and order, and may not be stayed.

[67 FR 15458, April 1, 2002; 68 FR 14109, March 21, 2003]

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