United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
October 3, 2011
SUBJECT: Mid South Area (MSA) Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
TO: Mid South Area Employees
FROM: Edgar G. King //s// Edgar G. King
The Mid South Area is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veterans’ status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal law. Discrimination in MSA workplaces is an unacceptable employment practice.
The MSA is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Managers and supervisors must continually monitor the workplace to ensure an environment free of unlawful discrimination, hostility, intimidation, reprisal, or harassment. The agency's commitment includes taking swift and appropriate disciplinary action against individuals who engage in retaliatory and harassing behavior. Furthermore, the MSA supports the rights and freedom of individuals who exercise their rights under EEO antidiscrimination statutes.
Behavior by any employee or contractor that may be considered offensive, demeaning, or degrading to persons or groups will not be tolerated. When a conflict occurs, it is critical for MSA Managers and/or Supervisors to address the issue and resolve it in a fair manner. To ensure employees can address concerns without fear of retribution or retaliation, the MSA Administration provides several simple, clear-cut channels. Should an employee feel that you have been unfairly treated or have any questions regarding the employment practices of the MSA, please feel free to contact management or supervisors.
The No Fear Act reaffirms the MSA Administration policy commitment to ensure that all Federal employees feel free to come forward with allegations of discrimination, wrongdoing, or misconduct, by making sure that Federal employees are aware of their rights. The EEO complaint process consists of the informal process, and the formal process. If you wish to file an EEO complaint, you must begin with the informal process. (How to file a complaint: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_file.html)
Please provide this memorandum to all employees of the Mid South Area and prominently display in offices.