The Office of Equal
hosts speakers, exhibits
and special events focusing
on the diverse cultures
within the Agency.
Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination on the basis
of age (40 and over), color, disability (mental and physical), national
origin, race, religion, sex, and reprisal for participation in the
EEO process. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires federal agencies
to reasonably accommodate qualified employees with disabilities.
Executive Order 11478 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation. Agency policy specifies a zero tolerance policy to
any form of harassmenteither sexual or nonsexual. By embracing
these laws and policies, the Agency aims to develop the fullest
potential of all employees, without unfairly favoring or disadvantaging
any group of employees.
The Office of Equal Employment
Opportunity (OEEO) is the Agency focal point for equal opportunity
and compliance programs. OEEO's two staffs ensure that the Agency
is a workplace free of discrimination and harassment and that qualified
employees with disabilities are given the tools they need to succeed.
OEEO's Counseling and
Investigation Staff advises employees and managers on preventing
and addressing discrimination and harassment. The staff uses a variety
of educational, liaison, and outreach opportunities. EEO Counselors
respond to complaints with prompt intervention. Their goal is to
defuse conflict, mitigate collateral damage, and facilitate resolution.
EEO investigators develop impartial, factual investigative reports
which Agency managers, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials,
and US District Court judges use in making decisions about cases.
The Reasonable Accommodations
Staff (RAS) provides assistive technology and specialized services
to meet the job-related needs of disabled Agency employees. An Assistive
Technology Officer works directly with individuals and their managers
to evaluate the work environment, research existing technology,
and acquire and deploy the appropriate accommodation for each request.
RAS also provides sign language interpreters and readers for the
blind to support individuals from application to retirement. OEEO
maintains centralized funding for assistive technology products
and services, as well as for structural changes that are necessary
to accommodate an individual with a disability. The office individually
evaluates each request to provide the most appropriate reasonable
OEEO also supports Agency
management by coordinating outreach efforts with the DCI's Special
Assistant for Diversity Plans and Programs, working with the Agency's
Ombudsman, and assisting the Agency Diversity Council and various
Strong OEEO support has
helped the Agency earn recognition recently from two organizations
that champion individuals with disabilities in the workforce. The
Fairfax Area Disability Services Board named CIA a 1998 Employer
of the Year. In June 1998, the Agency received the Public Sector
Employer of the Year Award from CAREERS AND THE DISABLED Magazine.
The magazine cited the success of the CIA Internship Program for
People with Disabilities, an Agency Recruitment Center initiative
that was designed to provide entry-level work opportunities to people
with disabilities who have little or no work experience. The magazine
also praised the Agency's Assistive Technology Employee Resource
and Information Center (ATERIC). ATERIC provides reasonable accommodations
using specialized products and services to otherwise qualified employees
with disabilities. Examples of products and services available include,
but are not limited to: Braille hardware and software, text and
computer screen enlargement, and readers for the blind and visually
impaired; TTY technology, audio enhancement, captioning, and interpreters
for the deaf and hard of hearing; ergonomic furniture and keyboards
for employees with repetitive motion injuries; and scooters for
employees with mobility limitations.
OEEO also supports management
by coordinating with the Recruitment Center, assisting the Agency
Diversity Council and various affinity groups, offering diversity
training to all employees, and participating in inter-Agency efforts
such as the Community Diversity Issues Board and the Community Deaf
and Disabled Accommodation Action Team.