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Washington, DC 20463

2017 Federal Election Commission Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity

As federal employees, we have taken an oath to maintain high moral standards, as well as high standards of ethics and conduct.  This obligation includes complying with laws concerning equal employment opportunity in the Federal workplace.  As set forth in this statement, it is the policy of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to provide equality of opportunity for all applicants, employees and former employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, sexual orientation, age (40 or over) and/or mental/physical disability.  The FEC endeavors to ensure that all aspects of employment (e.g. recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, assignments, transfers, training, evaluations, awards, discipline, and adverse actions) remain in compliance with Commission policies and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and regulations.

Further, a person who files a complaint, participates in an investigation of an EEO complaint, or opposes an illegal employment practice under the statutes enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is protected from reprisal or retaliation.  In addition to laws that the EEOC specifically enforces, there are federal protections from discrimination on other bases, including status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation and conduct that does not adversely affect the performance of the employee.  In these cases, EEO Counselors (and/or other EEO staff) can assist in identifying the proper agency or authority to address the matter(s).

Managers and supervisors are expected to be proactive, by integrating and implementing guidance from the agency’s EEO policies in all of their employment activities.  They will be held accountable for their responsibility to identify and correct discriminatory policies, practices and behaviors and for taking immediate and appropriate action to ensure that the workplace is free of unlawful discrimination, intimidation, reprisal and/or harassment.  To this end, the Commission will coordinate with the EEO Director and senior leadership to ensure proper compliance with our nation’s EEO laws.

All employees are responsible for compliance with EEO laws and policies as well, ensuring that their actions demonstrate respect for human differences and that their colleagues are treated with dignity, respect and professionalism.  Employees are expected and encouraged to bring any concerns and/or perceptions regarding discriminatory behavior, retaliation and/or harassment in any form or any other allegations of EEO violations, to the attention of management as soon as possible.  The Commission takes all allegations seriously and managers are expected to consider and respond to any reported concerns or allegations promptly and appropriately.  The Commission strives to create and maintain a high quality work environment for all employees and to deliver programs and services to all people with the utmost fairness, integrity and equality.



Chairman Matthew S. Petersen