Equal opportunity is the law

Wendy Reyes
Ramstein Equal Employment Opportunity Office

Equal Employment Opportunity is fair treatment in employment, promotion, training, and other personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and physical or mental disability.

As a federal government employee you have the right to a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. You also have the right to equal access to benefits and conditions. You also have a duty to work to the best of your ability, provide quality service to customers and to treat coworkers fairly.

Everyone benefits from EEO practices. The employee benefits by working in an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Air Force benefits by providing a productive work environment, improved quality of work and better service to customers. Customers benefit because the Air Force is able to respond and meet the needs of a diverse community.

Should you believe you have been discriminated against, EEO law requires you to make contact with an EEO counselor within 45 days of the incident or 45 days from when you become aware of the incident. EEO counselors are fact-finders and are not advocates for management or the complainant but a neutral third party. The counselor can offer the traditional EEO process, through fact-finding or the alternate dispute resolution program. ADR uses various techniques such as facilitation or mediation to allow opposing parties to attempt resolution of the dispute with the help of a neutral, trained mediator.

For more information, call 480-2250 or 06371-47-2250.