Promote, support and educate a diverse workforce to create a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) formulates, directs and sustains a comprehensive effort to ensure fair treatment for civilians and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age (over40), genetic information and physical or mental disability. Retaliation against employees or job applicants for exercising their rights to be free from employment discrimination, including harassment, is prohibited. Any employee, former employee, applicant for employment or contingent worker who believes he or she has been discriminated against in an employment matter has a right to initiate a complaint of discrimination. Anyone who wishes to file a complaint of discrimination and preserve their legal rights must contact the EEO Office within 45 calendar days of the occurrence.