The primary goal of the equal employment opportunity (EEO) 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.


Maintaining a Discrimination-Free Workplace

Requires supervisors and managers to perform a variety of tasks and functions. Included among them are:

  • Clearly communicating a belief in and adherence to the principles of equal opportunity for all employees.
  • Taking prompt action to prevent or halt discrimination or harassment based on race, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual preference.
  • Making an overt effort to recruit a diverse workforce; that is, one which includes employees drawn from both sexes, as well as different racial, ethnic and age groups.
  • Remaining aware of EEO responsibilities in the course of assigning and rating work, developing employees, and taking personnel action.
  • Working closely with EEO and HR officials to resolve disputes promptly.


Managing Diversity

Managing diversity refers to an inter-related set of responsibilities and functions. Included among them are:

  • Actively seeking to develop a diverse workforce; that is, one which includes a range of employees representing a variety of ethnic, racial, and age groups.
  • Recognizing and valuing the differences that a diverse array of people bring to the accomplishment of organizational tasks.
  • Promoting acceptance, cooperation, and positive attitudes towards all members of the work-group among employees.

 

Complaints

If you are a federal employee, job applicant, or contractor whose work is overseen by a federal employee, the law protects you from discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. The law also protects you from retaliation if you have taken part in any EEO related activity– including serving as witness for someone else's complaint.

If you are interested in making an appointment to see an EEO Specialist, or if you just need to ask some questions, please call (573) 596-8048 or (573) 596-0602.

Reasonable Accommodation

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities as long as the accommodation does not incur an “undue hardship” on the employer.

The EEO Office on Fort Leonard Wood processes accommodation requests and can facilitate the accommodation process upon request.

For more information, please call (573) 596-0296

Also, please visit our Reasonable Accommodation page for more information and the forms necessary to request a reasonable accommodation through your supervisor.

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes are alternative methods of helping people resolve problems before the issues lead to legal processing. ADR involves an independent mediator who tries to resolve or narrow the areas of conflict. The use of ADR early in a complaint can result in the more efficient, cost-effective resolution of disputes with greater satisfaction for both parties.

The EEO Office on Fort Leonard Wood can facilitate ADR depending on several factors. Not all issues are found to be appropriate for ADR, but requesting resolution through this process is highly recommended.

If you are interested in discussing ADR options and the process, please call (573) 596-3353 or (573) 596-7564

Training

The EEO Office on Fort Leonard Wood conducts several different types of training. This training includes an EEO Overview for new employees, EEO for Supervisors, and EEO for Civilians, all of which are mandatory, prescheduled classes. The EEO Office can also develop and deliver specific training by request. Some of the training the EEO Office has delivered includes: Conflict Resolution, Bullying and Harassment, Anti-harassment, and Diversity Awareness.

If you are interested in scheduling a class for your directorate, section, work group, or unit, please call (573) 596-5600

Analysis and Oversight

The EEO Office on Fort Leonard Wood can conduct sensing sessions and workplace analysis if management requests the services. These services provide managers and leaders with great insight into the climate and morale of their workforce.

The EEO Office also provides oversight for the hiring process when interviews are conducted and hiring decisions are made. The office is currently overseeing those hiring actions at the GS12 grade and above.

If you would like more information about these services, please call (573) 596-3353 or (573) 596-0602