Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement
INFORMATION FOR: All ACF Employees
As the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) strives to become a model employer, with a culture that values fairness, diversity and inclusion in the workforce, we must keep in mind our zero tolerance for discrimination (including harassment) or retaliation in the workplace.
Discrimination (including harassment) based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or sexual orientation is prohibited in ACF’s workplace and all employment-related policies, practices and actions. ACF’s policy also prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of political affiliation, status as a parent, marital status, military service or any other non-merit based factor. Retaliation for taking action to stop, oppose or prevent discrimination or harassment in the workplace is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Employees and applicants for ACF employment who believe they have been subjected to any form of discrimination, harassment or reprisal in employment, and wish to pursue an EEO complaint must first initiate the pre-complaint process by contacting an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of the date of the alleged discriminatory, harassing or reprisal action, or in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the personnel action. The telephone number to contact an EEO Counselor is (202) 205-1592 (voice) or (202) 401-4560 (TDD/voice). It is important to notice that failure to adhere to this 45-calendar day limitation period may result in complaint dismissal if the complaint is filed in the formal EEO complaint process.
The Office of Diversity Management and EEO (ODME) is the ACF office responsible for processing EEO complaints filed by ACF employees. EEO complaints are processed in an impartial and confidential manner in accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614. ODME will determine which complaints should be accepted in the formal complaint process. If the complaint is accepted, an investigation is completed within 180 calendar days of the complaint filing date. Based on the outcome of the investigation, the complaint may be adjudicated to determine the merits and appropriate remedial action. (In cases alleging an action that may be appealed to the U.S. Merit System Protection Board, the complaint investigation must be completed within 120 calendar days of the complaint filing date.)
For more information or training on ACF’s EEO program, please contact ODME at the telephone number provided.
Laura M. Irizarry, Esq. Ben Goldhaber
Acting Director, ODME Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration