The primary goal of the equal employment opportunity program is to manage workforce diversity and to maintain a discrimination-free workplace. This is high on the list of critical functions performed by federal managers and supervisors. Equal Employment is the law of the land. It is the right of all people to be protected from discrimination in employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin and age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation.
The EEO Office ensures equal employment opportunity for civilians under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
May — Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander groups include Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Indian Americans, Laotian Americans, Cambodian Americans, Hmong Americans,
Thai Americans, Pakistani, Samoan, Guamanian and many other language groups that serve in the U.S. Army. The Army finds its strength not only in its diversity, but in its ability to bring together people of different races, cultures and faiths
who share the Army values loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
An Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) is a person with origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or the Pacific Islands, representing 30 countries that speak more than 100 different languages. AAPI is one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the U.S., making up around one-third of the one million immigrants who enter the U.S. annually. Around 16.6 million AAPIs are living in the U.S., which is about 5.4% of the population. By 2050, AAPIs will make up 9.7% of the total U.S. population, which will be around 40 million people.
Initially, the celebration of AAPI Heritage dates back to May 4, 1979, when former President Jimmy Carter established the first week in May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week stating, “Asian-Americans have played a significant role in the creation of a dynamic and pluralistic America, with their enormous contributions to our science, arts, industry, government and commerce.” The month of May commemorates the first Japanese immigrant’s arrival to the US on May 7, 1843. It also marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 - honoring the contributions of Chinese laborers who were the majority of the workforce that built US railroads. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, highlighting their important contributions to our nation in science, commerce, education, and the arts, sharing with us their unique talents and ideas and setting high standards of achievement. He also highlighted how AAPIs have demonstrated their dedication to ideals upon which the United States is founded, in times of war and in times of peace, and how they faithfully defended the principles of freedom and representative government. He lauded their commitment to the advancement of human rights and democratic ideals around the world and the promotion of a greater appreciation for the US system of self-government.
AAPIs should be treated with respect in society, in the workplace and all other aspects of their lives; so it is only befitting to celebrate their heritage and the significant contributions they have made to American History. The recent events of anti-AAPI racism and xenophobia related to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a negative impact on AAPI persons, families, and communities, sometimes resulting in hateful violence and harassment. Due to the increased number of attacks on AAPIs this past year, the Senate has passed a hate crimes bill, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, broadening the protections of AAPIs by providing increased measures, such as expedited Justice Department review and greater coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement groups and community-based organizations. The bill is currently pending review in the House of Representatives.
This year, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council has chosen the 2021 theme as "Advancing Leaders through Purpose-driven Service" for American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The objective is to encourage employees and leaders to make a difference by serving others more than themselves. The FAPAC is also hosting its 36th Virtual National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) on May 25-27, 2021, inviting all employees of the Federal and DC governments, including the military, to attend. The FAPAC NLTP is a reputable training program for public servants that delivers high-quality workshops, networking opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2021 theme. The NLTP will host a free career exhibition and development programs for Current Students, Recent Graduates, and Veterans interested in public service. Visit the links below to learn more.
Six Essential Elements of a Model EEO Program
When establishing a model EEO program, an agency should incorporate into the design a structure for effective management, accountability and self-analysis which will ensure program success and compliance with EEO MD-715. Agency personnel programs and policies should be evaluated regularly to ascertain whether such programs have any barriers that tend to limit or restrict equitable opportunities for open competition in the workplace.
The six essential elements for a model EEO program, as described in EEO-MD-715, at PART A, II. A-F, and PART B, III. A-F, are as follows:
1. Demonstrated commitment from agency leadership: Post EEO Policy Statements in all offices and on bulletin boards. Demonstrate the value of EEO to the agency and employees. Seek input (e.g., using employee surveys and focus groups, discussions with employee advisory groups, etc.) regarding the workplace environment. Provide/request EEO training as needed.
2. Integration of EEO into the agency's strategic mission: Encourage regular visits from the EEO Office to your work environment. The EEO team can assist leaders with evaluating workforce demographics and trends.
3. Management and program accountability: Make clear that all managers and supervisors share responsibility with EEO program and human resources officials for the successful implementation of EEO programs.
4. Proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination: Ensure all your employees attend EEO training (NEO, SHARP, EEO for Super-visors, Reasonable Accommodations) whether or not training is mandatory.
5. Efficiency: Ensure your approach to a situation is efficient, fair and impartial. Managers should always be receptive to resolving issues at the lowest level.
6. Responsiveness and legal compliance: Ensure all final Negotiated Settlement Agreements (NSA) are monitored for compliance and timeliness.
**Don't wait for a complaint to be filed to do something! **
Special Emphasis Programs
Special Emphasis Programs are implemented and observed primarily to ensure that minorities, women and people with various disabilities are provided an equal opportunity in employment and program delivery activities.
These programs improve the workplace environment by promoting and fostering diversity in the workplace through awareness and educating employees and others to appreciate, value, understand, and celebrate social and cultural similarities and differences.
The Minority College Relations Program is responsible for policy development, technical assistance and direction concerning employment and liaison efforts of Army personnel in the minority college relations arena.
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO; Lincoln University, Jefferson, MO; Langston, Langston, OK
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs): Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS.
Programs: Black Employment Program; Federal Women’s Program; Hispanic Employment Program; Asian/Pacific Islander American Program; American Indian/Alaskan Native Program; Individuals with Disabilities Program (Workforce Recruiting Program for College Students w/Disabilities).
Hostile Work Environment
The EEOC affirmed the decision of an Administrative Judge who found that the plaintiff had established a claim of hostile work environment harassment on the basis of her sex. The AJ found that while her accused supervisor behaved inappropriately and unprofessionally towards both men and women, he treated women worse.
The AJ noted that the supervisor's conduct towards women included: 1) speaking to them in curt and rude tones; 2) making derogatory comments about women; 3) screaming and yelling at them; 4) repeatedly criticizing them in public and in private; 5) micromanaging them more than men when their performance did not merit increased supervision; 6) circumventing the chain of command and undermining her supervisory authority over her subordinates; and 7) displaying physically intimidating behavior such as aggressive body language, slamming doors and slamming his fists on the desk.
On appeal, the agency argued that the AJ had erred in crediting the testimony of the plaintiff and her witnesses over the agency's witnesses. In its decision, the EEOC declined to reweigh the parties' credibility on appeal and noted that the agency had not pointed to any objective documentary evidence contradicting the testimony of the plaintiff and her witnesses. The EEOC affirmed the AJ's award of $125,000 in non-pecuniary compensatory damages and more than $103,000 in attorney fees. The EEOC noted that the plaintiff had experienced a stress breakdown which necessitated her eventual separation from the agency and that she still suffers the effects of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The EEOC found that substantial evidence in the record supported the AJ's award of $125,000, which was not "monstrously excessive" "nor the product of passion or prejudice." The EEOC also held that the AJ's reduction in requested attorney fees was appropriate based on the fact that the fee petitions contained many excessive, redundant, unnecessary, or inadequately documented expenditures. In its order, the EEOC ordered the agency to consider appropriate disciplinary action against the responsible management officials and specifically noted that training is not considered disciplinary action.
Advises all levels of management regarding EEO related issues. Includes providing program overview, conducting assessments, recommending courses of action to supervisors, participating in strategic planning and special committees, presenting briefings, researching special problems, and conducting sensing session.
Section 508 and Architectural Barriers Act:
Personal Assistive Services
- Notify supervisor.*
* Guests and visitors should contact the EEO Disability
Program Manager (DPM) directly.
- Complete Reasonable Accommodation Request Form.
(Contact EEO DPM for required forms if necessary.)
- Provide request form to supervisor.
- Supervisor will forward request form to EEO Disability Program Manager
- (785) 239-3261
- DPM will provide assistance and help with locating resources as needed.
Affirmative Action Plan
Reasonable Accommodations are a form of assistance that would allow an employee who has an underlying medical condition to perform the essential function of their position without causing an undue hardship. The Reasonable Accommodation process is interactive between employees and their supervisor with recommendations from the EEO office. Employees are entitled to an effective Reasonable Accommodation. If the employee's underlying medical condition is not obvious, medical documentation needs to have the diagnosis, prognosis,and how the requested accommodation would assist the employee with performing the essential functions of their position.
- Army Anti-Harassment Policy:
AR 690-12 Appendix D
- Commanding General EEO Policy
- Garrison Policy #2 - EEO and Affirmative Employment
- Garrison Policy #3 - EEO Policy on Anti-Harassment
- Garrison Policy #4 - EEO Policy on Commitment to Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Civilian Human Resources Agency EEO Policies
- Medical Activity EEO Policies