December 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm #180981
Do you support equal employment opportunity (EEO) government-wide?
If so, please follow @EEOC_OFO on Twitter as we strive to reach the milestone of 10,000 followers. Hashtag #LearnEEO
1) Why is equality of opportunity important to you?
2) How has EEO made a difference in your job and/or work-life?
3) Do you think EEO is integral to achieving the American Dream?
4) What more needs to be done to make the public sector a model workplace?
December 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm #180989
I think the biggest challenge that federal departments and agencies face today is a “culture of cover-ups”. So while racism, ageism, etc. may be part of the problem, the issue is magnified by managers who retaliate against employees who complain.
In the case of the sexual harassment/sexual assaults in the military, of the small percentage who reported, 62% experienced retaliation. This is a process of victim blaming, and is really at the core of the emotional and financial wreckage of feds who file complaints. This where the focus should lie for the next year or more.
I have recommended to a number of Congressional reps that we add some “teeth” to the No FEAR Act to make discipline mandatory for offenders. As it currently stands, agencies are “encouraged” to follow “Best Practices” that are very loosely defined. More here..
December 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm #180987
Thank you, Megan, very well put – as usual. A toothless tiger may not be FEARed.
December 6, 2013 at 6:51 am #180985
The UNLEASH NO FEAR campaign also seeks “mandatory discipline” for managers who are guilty of discrimination and retaliation. (A social media group has been formed to distribute information regarding this initiative to the public). There is presently no “mandatory discipline” provision in the No FEAR Act, and after recognizing that glitch a.k.a (loophole), Ms. Jordan along with Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and others, approached Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to introduce NO FEAR ACT 2008/2009, but unfortunately the “mandatory discipline” aspect was voted down. Back to the drawing board!
More here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/12641
December 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm #180983
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