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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (EEO)
by Van Zeck, Commissioner of the Bureau of the Public Debt
The Bureau of the Public Debt's vision is to lead the way for responsible, effective government through a commitment to service, efficient operations, openness to change, and values-based behavior. In support of this vision, I would like to reaffirm Public Debt's commitment to equal opportunity towards all employees, applicants and those that benefit from Public Debt's programs and activities. Discrimination in any phase of employment, based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, parental status, disability, age, genetic information, or marital status is illegal and will not be tolerated.
Employees or applicants who believe they have been discriminated against are assured the right to file an EEO complaint or otherwise oppose unlawful discrimination, without the fear of retaliation. Public Debt has zero tolerance for acts of retaliation against an employee or applicant who engages in a protected activity.
The Bureau also will not tolerate any harassment, either sexual or non-sexual, in our workplace. Bureau managers and supervisors, as well as all other employees, are reminded of their responsibilities concerning harassing conduct in the workplace, as outlined in the Bureau's Policy on Discriminatory Harassment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity staff is ready to assist anyone -- employee, manager, applicant in any aspect of our EEO Program, including affirmative action, reasonable accommodations, and resolving complaints of discrimination. Any employee or applicant who feels that he or she has been subjected to discrimination or retaliation should contact the EEO Office at (304) 480-6527.
In addition to equal opportunity for all, we must strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of the people we serve. I hold Bureau managers and leaders accountable for fostering a more diverse and inclusive workforce. I encourage each of you to increase your appreciation for diversity by taking advantage of the cultural awareness and diversity programs available at Public Debt.
To become the model employer I know we can be, I challenge each employee to take responsibility for your actions and conduct to ensure our workforce is free from all forms of discrimination. It is important that all employees observe this policy to ensure that Public Debt stands as a beacon of equity and inclusiveness within the federal government.
Thank you for your continued dedication to fulfilling our mission and supporting our values and vision.
It is Public Debt's policy to ensure that every employee enjoys a work environment free from discriminatory harassment of any kind. Discriminatory harassment is a violation of the Federal civil rights laws, is strictly prohibited, and will not be tolerated within Public Debt. Such conduct also is inconsistent with our core value of individual respect.
What is discriminatory harassment?
There are two types of discriminatory harassment: sexual and non-sexual. Harassment of a non-sexual nature occurs when an employee engages in unwelcome verbal or physical conduct toward another employee, based on that employee's:
Harrassing behavior occurs when:
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment occurs when an employee directs unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature at another employee:
What is Public Debt's policy?
Public Debt will not tolerate any discriminatory harassment, even when the behavior does not rise to the level of a violation of federal law.
What should you do if you believe you have been harassed?
Employees who feel that they are being harassed should make their objections known to the offending party. When this is not feasible, or if the harassment continues even after doing so, employees should discuss the problem with their supervisor, manager, or a higher level management official. Employees also have the option of notifying the EEO Office or Sexual Harassment Hotline at (304) 480-6527 or (304) 480-6838. Employees who feel they have been harassed have a duty to report the incident. Public Debt will protect the confidentiality of the individuals reporting harassment to the fullest extent possible. Employees who seek EEO counseling or file an EEO complaint about harassment directed at them have the right to remain anonymous.
What should you do if you see harassing behavior?
Employees who believe they have witnessed harassing behavior also must report the incident. Public Debt will protect the confidentiality of the individuals reporting harassment to the fullest extent possible.
What will management do after receiving a report of harassment?
Managers, supervisors, and others receiving reports of alleged harassment are responsible for taking immediate and appropriate action, by contacting the Franchise Labor and Employee Relations Branch (FLERB) at (304) 480-8259. FLERB is responsible for initiating a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation. Management will take appropriate corrective action as needed based on the results of FLERB's investigation. Managers and supervisors must not retaliate or discriminate against an employee for reporting harassment or for cooperating with any harassment investigation. Any such action will result in appropriate disciplinary action against the manager or supervisor.
Through consistent application of this policy and procedure, Public Debt will preserve the right of every employee to have a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment. However to be successful, I must have your cooperation to implement this policy effectively. Let's work together as Public Debt employees to treat each other with the respect and dignity we each deserve.
September 27, 2011
Equal Employment Opportunity Office
As a Federal employee or applicant for employment, you are protected against discrimination based on your race, sex, national origin, color, religion, age and physical or mental disability. Retaliation for action taken to oppose or remedy discrimination is also prohibited. Certain Executive Orders also provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, parental status, and protected genetic information.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, you MUST contact the EEO Office within 45 calendar days of the date of the incident that gave rise to your complaint, the date you became aware of the incident, or, if a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of its effective date or your knowledge of the action.
The Counselor will advise you of your right to elect between participation in traditional counseling activities or in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process. During traditional counseling, the Counselor has 30 calendar days from the time you report your problem to attempt an informal resolution of the matter. If, at the end of this time, the problem is not resolved, you will be advised, in writing, of your right to file a formal complaint. The 30-day period may be extended to an additional 60 if YOU agree in WRITING to such an extension.
Should you elect to participate in ADR resolution, traditional counseling will not be attempted. Agencies have 90 days to conduct ADR during the pre-complaint process. If, at the end of this time, the problem is not resolved, you will be advised, in writing, of your right to file a formal complaint.
Any person who believes they have been discriminated against may submit a written complaint to Manager, EEO Office, Bureau of the Public Debt, 200 3rd Street, Room 102, Parkersburg, WV 26106 or contact the EEO Office at (304) 480-6838 or (304) 480-6527.
The Bureau of the Public Debt provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement.
Hard of hearing or deaf individuals may obtain information via TDD (304) 480-8725.
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