EEO is the concept that every person, regardless of their personal identifying factors - race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age (40 or more years of age), disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or complaint status - has the right to fully participate in every aspect of employment and to be afforded all of the same terms, conditions, and privileges of work.
The EEO Program is the management tool by which the concept of EEO is implemented. The objective of the EEO Program is to promote equal opportunity in employment and to identify and eliminate discriminatory policies and practices.
An effective EEO program includes a vigorous affirmative action program and a discrimination processing system that facilitates the early resolution of complaints. To achieve an effective EEO program, the PHMSA Office of Civil Rights also sponsors training for managers, supervisors, and employees on subjects such as leadership, conflict management, EEO laws and requirements, diversity management, and prevention of harassment.