The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is committed to maintaining a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, where respect, civility, fairness, tolerance, and dignity are the norm.
On September 25, 2019, the court approved a new Employment Dispute Resolution (EDR) Plan that provides options for the reporting and resolution of allegations of wrongful conduct (discrimination, sexual, racial, or other discriminatory harassment, abusive conduct, and retaliation) in the workplace. A copy of the Plan is available here. The Federal Circuit EDR Plan is based on the model plan promulgated by the Judicial Conference of the United States on September 17, 2019.
Hayley Weimer and Lily Robinson Phares serve as the court’s EDR Coordinators. Ms. Weimer joined the court’s Office of General Counsel in 2011 after working in private practice. Ms. Phares, a former law clerk at the court, joined the Office of General Counsel in 2018 after working in private practice. They will coordinate the options for resolution provided in the Plan, provide confidential advice and guidance if an employee seeks informal advice, coordinate the assisted resolution process, and accept complaints under the Plan. Ms. Weimer also serves as the court’s Director of Workplace Relations. In that additional capacity, Ms. Weimer is available to provide confidential and impartial assistance to judges and employees on workplace conduct matters and assists the court in meeting its obligations under the Plan.
The National Office of Judicial Integrity also provides advice and guidance nationwide about workplace conduct issues, including sexual, racial, and other discriminatory harassment, abusive conduct, and other wrongful conduct. Contact information for the Office of Judicial Integrity can be found here.