To eliminate barriers that prevents individuals from realizing their full potential. Promote equal employment opportunity in the recruitment, hiring, development and retention of a highly skilled, public-centered workforce. Ensure equal access and compliance with external civil rights programs and services.
One aspect of the Department's civil rights mission, which pertains to employees, is to eliminate unlawful workplace discrimination in Federal employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Civil rights laws also protect individuals from reprisal/retaliation for bringing discriminatory conduct to the attention of the appropriate officials, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices.
In addition, various Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, and disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. It is our mission to ensure the Department's adherence to internal and external civil rights laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.