Equal Employment Opportunity

The federal EEO program began under the EEO ACT of 1972 (Public Law 92-261) and is designed to ensure fair treatment to all segments of society without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or sex. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act added nondiscriminatory employment coverage based on age and physical or mental disability, respectively. EEO programs include affirmative action for employment as well as discrimination complaint processes and remedies.

What Is Equal Employment Opportunity?

Equal employment opportunity is fair treatment in employment, promotion, training, and other personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and physical and/or mental disability. One of the main misconceptions of EEO is that EEO is only for selected groups. EEO is for everyone; it's the law!

Who Is Covered By The EEO Program?

All employees, including supervisors and managers, former employees, and applicants for employment of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia are covered by the EEO Program, regardless of grade level or position.