If you are a Department of Energy (DOE) federal employee, former employee, or applicant for employment with the DOE, you may initiate the DOE EEO complaint process if you believe that you have been discriminated against based on one or more of these factors:  race; color; religion; sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation); national origin; age (40 and over); disability (physical and/or mental); genetic information; or retaliation for prior EEO activity.


To initiate the EEO process, you must first contact an EEO Counselor at the DOE Office of Civil Rights/Equal Employment Opportunity office where you work or where you applied for a job, to file an informal EEO complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory act (limited exceptions apply). At the initial counseling session, you may select either traditional EEO counseling or mediation, a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).


The EEO Counselor will provide you with information about your rights and responsibilities in the EEO complaint process. You have the right to request confidentiality during the informal stage of the process. With your permission, the EEO Counselor will attempt to informally resolve the dispute. If the dispute is not resolved, you will be given a Notice of Right to File a Formal Complaint. The EEO Counselor will inform you of where to file your formal complaint.


Your formal complaint must be specific, and limited only to those matters previously discussed with the EEO Counselor. The complaint will then be accepted or dismissed, based on timeliness and whether the alleged discrimination affects a term or condition of your employment, among other factors. If your complaint is accepted for processing, an investigation will be conducted. When the investigation has been completed, you will receive a copy of the Report of Investigation. In most cases, you may then request a hearing, or a Final Agency Decision without a hearing.*  If your complaint is dismissed, you may generally appeal that decision to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or file a civil action in U.S. District Court.*


If you request a hearing, that hearing will be held by an EEOC Administrative Judge (AJ). After the hearing, the EEOC AJ will issue a decision on the complaint. The Department will then issue a Final Order, informing you of whether DOE agrees with the AJ, and whether DOE will grant any relief in your case. If you are dissatisfied with the DOE Final Order, you may appeal it to the EEOC, or file a civil action in U.S. District Court.


If you request a Final Agency Decision without a hearing, DOE will issue a decision on your complaint. If you are dissatisfied with the DOE Final Agency Decision, you may appeal it to the EEOC, or file a civil action in U.S. District Court.


You may request mediation at any time during the complaint process. If you select mediation and management agrees to participate, a neutral third party will work with you and management in an effort to reach a settlement. If you choose to enter into mediation, the office will continue to process your EEO complaint.

*If your case is a mixed-case complaint, you do not have a right to a hearing or to appeal a DOE decision to the EEOC. However, you do have the right to appeal a DOE decision in a mixed-case complaint to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Prevention Policy Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Intake Form

Contact an Equal Employment Opportunity Diversity Manager

To speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor or to file a complaint, call or visit your local contact (listed below).

DOE Headquarters Contact Information

Deputy Director

Office of Civil Rights and Diversity

Patricia Zarate 202-586-2248 patricia.zarate@hq.doe.gov


Civil Rights Division

Jody TallBear 202-287-5362 jody.tallbear@hq.doe.gov


Equity and Diversity Division

Jaime Claudio

202-586-9332 jaime.claudio@hq.doe.gov


EEO Corporate Services and Oversight Division

Moses Madera

240-477-9462 moses.madera@hq.doe.gov

Headquarters EEO Counseling Services:

For Headquarters EEO Counseling services, please contact the main phone line for the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity at (202) 586-2218, or email the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity at civilrights@hq.doe.gov

Headquarters Special Emphasis Program Managers:

Month Special Emphasis Program Observances Program Manager Email Address


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collette Bankins collette.bankins@hq.doe.gov


Black History Month Charlie Carrasco charlie.carrasco@hq.doe.gov


Women's History Month Charlie Carrasco charlie.carrasco@hq.doe.gov


Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month  Collette Bankins collette.bankins@hq.doe.gov


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month  Charlie Carrasco charlie.carrasco@hq.doe.gov

August 26

Women’s Equality Day     


National Hispanic Heritage Month Collette Bankins collette.bankins@hq.doe.gov


National Disability Employment Awareness Month Brad Shaff bradley.shaff@hq.doe.gov


American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month Collette Bankins collette.bankins@hq.doe.gov


Veterans Day    

DOE Field Office OCR/EEO Contact Information

Bonneville Power Administration

(Civil Rights/EEO)

Shana Kuhn 503-230-3836


Bonneville Power Administration

(Diversity and Inclusion)

Maria Mondragon-Almy


EM Consolidated Business Center Nancy Hemphill 240-961-8179


Golden Field Office

Brian Sutherland



Idaho Operations Office

Emily Clemens



National Energy Technology Laboratory

Denise Huenefeld



National Nuclear Security Administration
(NNSA) - Albuquerque

Bonnie Baisden



Office of Scientific and Technical Information Erin Anderson



Richland Operations Office

Moses Madera 240-477-9462 moses.madera@hq.doe.gov
Savannah River Operations

Dorothy Famber

803-646-4862 dorothy.famber@hq.doe.gov
Savannah River Operations

Giovanni Cole

803-845-9146 giovanni.cole@hq.doe.gov
SC Consolidated Service Center Darvin Bennett 202-355-8925


Southeastern Power Administration

Leon Jourolmon 706-213-3807 leon.jourolmon@sepa.doe.gov

Southwestern Power Administration

Cory Jenson 918-595-6635 cory.jenson@swpa.gov
Strategic Petroleum Reserve Demetrius Treadway 225-692-6203


Western Area Power Administration Charles Montanez 720-962-7040