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NNSA seeks to promotes and advocate Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) for all agency employees.

The missions of the Office of Civil Rights include creating an environment that embraces and values all of NNSA employees that is free of discrimination; planning, coordinating, and implementing the EEO/AA Program goals and policies within Department of Energy, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Personnel Management guidelines; and providing exceptional customer service to NNSA employees on EEO/AA matters.

Initiatives

NNSA's Office of Civil Rights:

  • Coordinates the NNSA EEO Counselors Program. Contact any NNSA counselor to ask questions about the EEO complaints process or to pursue informal counseling.
  • Coordinates the NNSA Mediation Program. Mediation utilizes third-party neutrals to address disputes and resolve conflict. It can be any workplace-related conflict -- EEO-related or non-EEO related.
  • Processes the administrative portion of any formal EEO complaint within designated timeframes.
  • Provides twice per year, workforce statistics on NNSA organizations.
  • Provides a year-end summary of workforce changes from the prior fiscal year.
  • Maintains an educated staff to provide quality advisory services to managers, employees, applicants for employment, and other information-seekers.
  • Develops and delivers required training to employees and managers to ensure continued awareness of everyone's rights and responsibilities regarding EEO and Affirmative Action while employed by NNSA.

Contact

  • Call toll free 1-800-825-5256, enter 845-5517 at the voice prompt
  • TTY device for hearing impaired:1-866-872-1011

Time limits

NNSA Federal employees or Applicants (for Federal employment with the NNSA) must contact the NNSA Office of Civil Rights at (505) 845-5517 within 45 calendar days of the discriminatory action (or within 45 days of first becoming aware of the discriminatory action) when an NNSA employee or applicant believes that he/she has been subjected to workplace discrimination based on one or more of the following protected classes/bases: Age (40+); Color; Genetic Information; Race; National Origin; Religion; Reprisal (for previous EEO Activity); Sex (which also includes gender-based Equal Pay claims; Sexual Harassment; and Sexual Orientation); Disability (Physical and Mental); Pregnancy; or Status as a Parent.

Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints Process

A National Nuclear Security Administration employee or applicant for Federal employment may file an EEO complaint if the employee or applicant believes that he/she has been discriminated against based on one or more of these factors:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability (Physical Or Mental)
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Reprisal
  • Sex (including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Orientation*)
  • Genetic Information

* Prohibited by DOE policy

The NNSA Complaints Process Brochure.

EEO Complaint – Things to Consider

Section 508 and Architectural Barriers Act Compliance and Complaint Process

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Department of Energy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, reprisal, genetic information, or any other non-merit factor. We are committed to equal employment opportunity principles and practices in all of our management decisions and personnel practices.

The Department  is committed to providing equal employment opportunity; eliminating discrimination in employment; and maintaining an environment that is free from any form of prohibited discrimination. The Department will provide a prompt, fair and impartial review, and adjudication of any allegation of discrimination.

For additional information, contact the NNSA Office of Civil Rights at (505) 845-5517. If you are concerned about anonymity, please use the toll free line. Call 1-800-TALKALO (1-800-825-5256), at the voice prompt enter 845-5517 you will be connected to the main office number.

Equal Employment Opportunity Counselors

The Role of the EEO Counselor

The EEO Counselor serves as liaison between the employee and management in the Informal EEO Counseling stage. The counselor is neither an advocate of management nor of the employee.

  • Advises employees of EEO rights and responsibilities under the law.
  • Meets with complainant and records the allegation of discrimination (must contact counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged incident or personnel action.)
  • Seeks out facts relevant to allegationsto resolve issues.
  • Reviews agency records to secure facts.
  • Interviews parties to the allegation.

Attempts a common ground resolution of the issue after talking with employees, their representatives and management officials.

For information on how to contact an NNSA EEO Counselor, please contact the Office of Civil Rights

  • Call toll free 1-800-825-5256, enter 845-5517 at the voice prompt
Alternative Dispute Resolution

The NNSA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program is designed as an alternative to resolve disagreements between employees, managers, and/or peers.  The program may be utilized for disputes resulting from personnel issues, alleged discrimination complaints or other types of personal disagreements that employees may encounter within their work environment.  Having to deal with these types of issues, regardless of what arena they fall into, results in an environment that is not conducive to high productivity or morale.

Employees interested in pursuing ADR (for both EEO-related and non-EEO related disputes) shall contact the NNSA Office of Civil Rights via telephone to initiate the request.

Additional information:

Reasonable Accommodations

For information and guidance on Reasonable Accommodations, contact the NNSA Reasonable Accommodation Program Manager at 301-903-8854.

NNSA EEO Plans and Reports
Equal Employment Opportunity reports and plans from NNSA's Office of Civil Rights.
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