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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity in employment for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex (gender), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, medical history, genetic information, religion, physical/mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor.

Equality of opportunity is an essential element of readiness. The ONR organization fully supports the Department of Navy’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) objectives, initiatives and goals. We strive as an organization to recruit, hire, develop and retain a workforce reflective of our nation’s diversity. We search to recognize and utilize the unique qualities that employees of different backgrounds and cultures bring to the workplace. As an important member of the ONR team, each employee should understand his/her responsibility in applying the principles of EEO and affirmative employment in the workplace. Our continued success requires that employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment in employment opportunities.

Affirmative employment action demonstrates an employer's "good faith effort" to redress discriminatory past practices with the goal of eliminating under representation of women and minority groups in the workforce. The Affirmative Employment Plan includes special efforts or programs to recruit, hire, develop, retain and advance those groups identified as under represented in the workforce.

Special emphasis programs help raise awareness of employment-related concerns in the work place and recognize under represented groups. The overall EEO program process requires assessment of the problems of each individual group and the identification of affirmative strategies to eliminate barriers to EEO and correct any related deficiencies. Annually, ONR joins the nation in recognizing the contributions of women and minorities through special emphasis programs during Black History Month (February), Women's History Month (March), Asian American/Pacific Islander Month (May), Hispanic Heritage Month (September), Handicap Employment Awareness Month (October) and Native American Heritage Month (November).

ONR provides reasonable workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability. Employees may request/arrange accommodation through first line supervisors and/or the ONR EEO program office. Accommodations include but are not limited to: TTYs, print enlargers and interpreters for the hearing impaired. Please contact a member of the ONR EEO program office at 703-696-3633 or 703-696-7171 for more information.

A diverse workplace contains individuals with different values, behaviors, approaches and life experiences shaped by such attributes as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age, physical capabilities and appearance, national origin, religion, professional discipline and cultural heritage. Encouraging diversity means valuing and fully utilizing the talents and skills of all people. Diversity also emphasizes using these differences to building teams to increase organizational capacity and effectiveness. Diversity in the workplace is the bi-product of an effective and efficient EEO program.

The Discrimination Complaints Program is available to all ONR employees and applicants for employment. Current employees, former employees or applicants for employment who feel subjected to a form of discrimination, harassment or retaliation can contact the EEO complaints manager at the Office of Naval Research, EEO Program Office, 875 N. Randolph Street, Room 534, Arlington, Va., 22203-1995, telephone: 703-696-3633. EEO contact must occur within 45 calendar days after the alleged discrimination occurred.

Federal law provides protection from acts of retaliation or reprisal against individuals who engage in a protected activity, e.g., an EEO complaint, whistle blowing, or exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law.