(1) Except as provided in subsection (b), for purposes of this subchapter, the term “grievance” means any act, omission, or condition subject to the control of the Secretary which is alleged to deprive a member of the Service who is a citizen of the United States (other than a United States citizen employed under section 3951 of this title who is not a family member) of a right or benefit authorized by law or regulation or which is otherwise a source of concern or dissatisfaction to the member, including— (A) separation of the member allegedly contrary to laws or regulations, or predicated upon alleged inaccuracy, omission, error, or falsely prejudicial character of information in any part of the official personnel record of the member; (B) other alleged violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of applicable laws, regulations, or published policy affecting the terms and conditions of the employment or career status of the member; (C) allegedly wrongful disciplinary action against the member; (D) dissatisfaction with respect to the working environment of the member; (E) alleged inaccuracy, omission, error, or falsely prejudicial character of information in the official personnel record of the member which is or could be prejudicial to the member; (F) action alleged to be in the nature of reprisal or other interference with freedom of action in connection with participation by the member in procedures under this subchapter; (G) alleged denial of an allowance, premium pay, or other financial benefit to which the member claims entitlement under applicable laws or regulations; and (H) any discrimination prohibited by— (i) section 2000e–16 of title 42 , (ii) section 206(d) of title 29 , (iii) section 791 of title 29 , (iv) sections 631 and 633a of title 29, or (v) any rule, regulation, or policy directive prescribed under any provision of law described in clauses (i) through (iv).


22 USC § 4131(a)(1)

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