It is the policy of the Department of the Army and all activities stationed at Fort Knox to provide equal opportunity in employment for all people, and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or reprisal for participation in activities sanctioned by the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program.
EEO in hiring and employment is required by laws, regulations and Management Directives enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The laws that they are charged with enforcing include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This law amended Title VII to make it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which makes it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects people who are 40 years of age or older from discrimination because of age.
- Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments.
- Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the federal government.
- Sections 102 and 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, among other things, this law amends Title VII and the ADA to permit jury trials and compensatory and punituive damage awards in intentional discrimination cases.
- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Effective November 21, 2009. This law makes it illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants because of genetic information.