U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
It is the policy of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs also prohibit retaliation against any person(s) for opposing any of the practices made unlawful by the EEO laws.
The FHWA is committed to maintaining an employment environment that is absolutely FREE of prohibited discrimination and will not take action against those who exercise their rights under the law.
The FHWA will ensure that officials responsible for personnel decisions, and terms and conditions of employment, abide by the requirements of applicable EEO Laws, Executive Orders, and regulations.
The FHWA will not in any manner restrain, interfere with, coerce, or retaliate against any individual who exercises his or her right to oppose unlawful employment practices or who participates in proceedings as either a complainant or witness pursuant to Federal EEO Laws.
The EEO counseling program provides a system to carefully consider and fairly and expeditiously resolve allegations of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. EEO programs also prohibit retaliation against any person(s) for opposing any of the practices made unlawful by the EEO laws.
The FHWA maintains a cadre of well trained and experienced EEO counselors who are available to employees and applicants for employment. The role of the EEO counselor is to attempt informal resolution of the matter between the aggrieved person and management prior to the initiation of a formal complaint.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or that you are being retaliated against in any way because of your participation in the EEO process, you must contact an EEO Counselor within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory act. The EEO Counselor will advise you of your rights and responsibilities, some of which include:
In deciding whether to seek EEO Counseling you need to determine the following:
When contacted regarding an EEO Counseling matter, management should be prepared to do the following:
You may contact the following individual in the Headquarters' Office of Civil Rights for further information about the process.
EEO Program Manager
Visit us on the web: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/civilrights/
Publication No. FHWA-CR-08-001