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Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

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"As Commander and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, I am personally committed to the principles of EEO. All civilian employees and applicants for employment shall be given equal employment opportunity regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. I am committed to leading an inclusive and professional work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, where everyone feels they can provide their opinion, where everyone is valued for who they are, and where everyone is open to diverse perspectives."

RADM Doug W. Small

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command Equal Employment Opportunity Program

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) is committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants for employment are provided equal employment opportunity (EEO) regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information so that all can compete on a fair and level playing field and have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The laws governing the EEO Program are as follows:

 
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

This law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants' and employees' sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act This law amended Title VII to make it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)

This law makes it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

This law protects people who are 40 or older from discrimination because of age. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This law makes it illegal to discriminate against a qualified person with a disability in the federal government. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)

This law makes it illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants because of genetic information. Genetic information includes information about an individual's genetic tests and the genetic tests of an individual's family members, as well as information about any disease, disorder or condition of an individual's family members (i.e. an individual's family medical history). The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

This law requires covered employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.

NAVWAR EEO Policy Statement

For more information, please download the NAVWAR EEO Policy Statement.
 

Federal Sector EEO Complaint Process

If you are a federal employee or job applicant, the law protects you from discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The law also protects you from retaliation if you oppose employment discrimination, file a complaint of discrimination, or participate in the EEO complaint process (even if the complaint is not yours.)

There are also federal laws and regulations and Executive Orders (which are not enforced by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)) that prohibit discrimination on bases such as marital status, parental status, or political affiliation. 

If you are an employee or job applicant and you believe that you have been discriminated against, you have a right to file a complaint.

EEO Counselor

The first step is to contact an EEO Counselor where you work or where you applied for a job. You can contact a NAVWAR EEO Counselor at the following telephone numbers:

NAVWAR Headquarters: 619-553-5700
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific: 619-553-5700
Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic: 843-218-5508
Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence: 619-553-5700
Program Executive Offices Manpower, Logistics, and Business Solutions: 619-553-5700
Program Executive Offices Digital and Enterprise Services: 619-553-5700

Generally, you must contact the EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days from the day the discrimination occurred.

In most cases the EEO Counselor will give you the choice of participating either in EEO counseling or in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program (i.e. mediation).

If you do not settle the dispute during counseling or through ADR, you can file a formal discrimination complaint with the EEO Office. You must file within 15 calendar days from the day you receive notice from your EEO Counselor about how to file.

Filing a Formal Complaint

Once you have filed a formal complaint, the EEO Office will review the complaint and decide whether or not the case should be dismissed for a procedural reason (for example, your claim was filed too late).

If the complaint is not dismissed, it will be investigated by the Department of Defense, Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, Investigation and Resolution Division. The investigation must be conducted within 180 calendar days from the day you filed your complaint.

When the investigation is finished, you will be issued a notice giving you two choices: either request a hearing before an EEOC Administrative Judge or ask that the Department of the Navy issue a decision as to whether the discrimination occurred.

Agency Issues a Decision (Final Action)

If you ask for a decision from the Department of the Navy and no discrimination is found, or if you disagree with some part of the decision, you can appeal the decision to EEOC or challenge it in federal district court.

Requesting a Hearing

If you want to ask for a hearing, you must make your request in writing within 30 calendar days from the day you receive the notice from the EEO Office about your hearing rights. If you request a hearing, an EEOC Administrative Judge will conduct the hearing, make a decision, and order relief if discrimination is found.

Once the Department of the Navy receives the Administrative Judge's decision, the Department of the Navy will issue what is called a final order which will tell you whether the Department of the Navy agrees with the Administrative Judge and if it will grant any relief the judge ordered. The Department of the Navy will have 40 calendar days to issue the final order. It will also contain information about your right to appeal to EEOC, your right to file a civil action in federal district court, and the deadline for filing both an appeal and a civil action.

Filing an Appeal of the Agency's Final Order

You have the right to appeal a Department of the Navy’s final order (including a final order dismissing your complaint) to EEOC Office of Federal Operations. You must file your appeal no later than 30 calendar days after you receive the final order.

EEOC appellate attorneys will review the entire file, including the agency's investigation, the decision of the Administrative Judge, the transcript of what was said at the hearing (if there was a hearing), and any appeal statements.

If the Department of the Navy disagrees with any part of the Administrative Judge's decision, it must appeal to EEOC.

Request for Reconsideration of the Appeal Decision

If you do not agree with the EEOC's decision on your appeal, you can ask for a reconsideration of that decision. A request for reconsideration is only granted if you can show that the decision is based on a mistake about the facts of the case or the law applied to the facts. You must ask for reconsideration no later than 30 calendar days after you receive our decision on your appeal.

Once EEOC has issued a decision on the appeal, the Department of the Navy also has the right to ask EEOC to reconsider that decision. Once we have made a decision on your request for reconsideration, the decision is final.

Filing a Lawsuit
You must go through the administrative complaint process before you can file a lawsuit. There are several different points during the process; however, when you will have the opportunity to quit the process and file a lawsuit in court, including:
  • After 180 calendar days have passed from the day you filed your complaint, if the Department of the Navy has not issued a decision and no appeal has been filed
  • Within 90 calendar days from the day you receive the Department of the Navy’s decision on your complaint, so long as no appeal has been filed
  • After the 180 calendar days from the day you filed your appeal if  the EEOC has not issued a decision, or Within 90 calendar days from the day you receive the EEOC's decision on your appeal.
For information on the Department of the Navy discrimination complaints procedures please visit the following website: 
Home - SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

Reasonable Accommodations For Pregnancy, Childbirth, or Related Medical Conditions

How to Request an Accommodation

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, you can contact the EEO Office where you work or where you applied for a job. You can contact the appropriate EEO Office at the following telephone numbers:

NAVWAR Headquarters: 619-221-7303
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific: 619-553-5700
Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic: 843-218-5508
Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence: 619-221-7303
Program Executive Offices Manpower, Logistics, and Business Solutions: 619-221-7303
Program Executive Offices Digital and Enterprise Services: 619-221-7303

Personal Assistance Services for Individuals with Targeted Disabilities

Federal agencies are required, as part of their affirmative action program for individuals with disabilities, to provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS) to individuals who need them because of a targeted disability. PAS are services that help individuals who, because of targeted disabilities, require assistance to perform basic activities of daily living, like eating and using the restroom.

Targeted disabilities are a subset of conditions that would be considered disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act. The federal government has recognized that qualified individuals with certain disabilities may face significant barriers to employment, which for some people may include lack of access to PAS in the workplace, that are above and beyond the barriers faced by people with the broader range of disabilities. The federal government calls these "targeted disabilities."

A list of targeted disabilities can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/sf256.pdf. Note, however, that not everyone with a targeted disability will be entitled to PAS, because only some individuals with targeted disabilities require assistance with basic activities like eating and using the restroom. Medical conditions that are more likely to result in the need for PAS include, for example, missing limbs or paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

Agencies are only required to provide PAS when the individual is working or on work-related travel.

How to Request PAS

If you would like to request PAS you can contact the EEO Office where you work or where you applied for a job. You can contact the appropriate EEO Office at the following telephone numbers:

NAVWAR Headquarters: 619-221-7303
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific: 619-553-5700
Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic: 843-218-5508
Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence: 619-221-7303 
Program Executive Offices Manpower, Logistics, and Business Solutions: 619-221-7303
Program Executive Offices Digital and Enterprise Services: 619-221-7303

For information on the Department of the Navy PAS procedures please visit the following website:
https://www.secnav.navy.mil/mra/eeo/Pages/Personal-Assistance-Services.aspx.


Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology and Facilities 

The Department of the Navy (DON) is committed to ensuring the DONs electronic and information technology, such as websites, electronic documents, hardware and software, are accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition, the DON shall ensure that its facilities and physical infrastructure are accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with the standards issued under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968, and adopted by the Department of Defense (DoD). On March 7, 2018, the DON issued a Policy on Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology and Facilities. 

If you wish to report an accessibility issue related to electronic and information technology, or related to the physical accessibility of facilities, please send a detailed email to donoeeo.fct@navy.mil with your contact information, the organization with which you are employed, and a description of the specific accessibility concern. You may also file a Section 508 complaint through DoD by submitting a form at this link: http://dodcio.defense.gov/DoDSection508/Section-508-Form. You may find information on how to file an ABA complaint through the United States Access Board at this link: https://www.access-board.gov/enforcement/

 

NAVWAR EEO Points of Contact

NAVWAR Headquarters EEO Office

  • Director, EEO – 619-221-7837
  • Affirmative Employment Program Manager – 858-537-8639
  • Disability Program Manager – 619-221-7303
  • NAVWAR EEO email address: navwar_eeo@us.navy.mil
  • Address: NAVWAR HQ, Code 8.0.4., 4301 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110
NAVWAR Atlantic EEO Office

  • Director, EEO – 618-972-3230
  • Affirmative Employment Program Manager – 843-806-7668
  • Disability Program Manager – 843-806-7668
  • Discrimination Complaints Manager – 843-408-2496
  • NIWC Atlantic EEO email address: niwc_lant_eeo_svcs.fct@us.navy.mil
  • Address: Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic, Code 80B00, P.O. Box 190022, North Charleston, SC 29419-9022
NAVWAR Pacific EEO Office
  • Deputy Director, EEO – 619-300-143
  • Affirmative Employment Program Manager – 619-775-7902
  • Special Emphasis Program Manager – 619-553-5631
  • Disability Program Manager – 619-708-8140
  • Discrimination Complaints Manager – 619-764-1602
  • NIWC Pacific EEO Main Number/Intake Line: 619-553-5700
  • NIWC Pacific EEO Complaints email: NIWC_PAC_EEO_Complaints@us.navy.mil
  • NIWC Pacific EEO Reasonable Accommodation email: NIWC_PAC_EEO_Reasonable_Accommodation@us.navy.mil
  • Address: Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Code 80000/Mailstop 81000, 53560 Hull Street, San Diego, CA 92152-500
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