U.S. Agency for International Development Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

USAID is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and addressing inequality, including addressing overlapping forms of discrimination and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an Agency, we ensure all employees have the freedom to compete equitably on a fair and level playing field and create and maintain a work environment free from discrimination, harrasment, and retaliation for individuals of all backgrounds. Doing so enables us to achieve our mission and promote and demonstrate our democratic values abroad.

To this end, I reaffirm USAID’s commitment to equal employment opportunity (EEO) for all employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status), national origin, age (40 or older), physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, marital or parental status, veteran status, membership in an employee organization, political affiliation, involvement in protected EEO activity, or other non-merit factor.

Federal law and USAID policy prohibit discrimination, harassment, and EEO-related retaliation in the workplace and all employment-related decisions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, retention, merit promotion, transfers, assignments and reassignments, training and career development, benefits, and separation. Employees and applicants for employment who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or retaliation—or who are seeking additional information about their EEO rights and responsibilities—may contact the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) or an EEO Counselor at EEOcomplaints@usaid.gov within 45 days from the date the discrimination was believed to have occurred, or if the discrimination involved a personnel action from the date it takes effect.

Further, USAID does not tolerate workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, of any degree, and will address such behavior before it becomes severe or pervasive enough to be unlawful. I encourage all members of USAID’s workforce to report suspected or alleged harassment. USAID management officials must report allegations of harassment based on a protected class within one business day to OCRD at OCRDharassment@usaid.gov or via the USAID Misconduct Reporting Portal. Management officials and staff could be subject to corrective or disciplinary action if found to have engaged in misconduct.

All members of the USAID workforce must be free to exercise their EEO rights and receive equal treatment under the law. By safeguarding these EEO rights, USAID fosters and maintains respect for human dignity, individual rights, and the rule of law. When we embrace and exemplify these seminal values as an Agency, we benefit from our diversity, and we are not simply more inclusive and equitable, we are also more effective and resilient.

Gloria D. Steele

Last updated: May 11, 2021

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