FARM SERVICE AGENCY
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1. New Employee Orientation
Farm Service Agency
Office of Civil Rights
3. Responsibilities Provide overall leadership and direction in the development and implementation of civil rights policies, programs and procedures.
Scope of responsibilities extend from FSA Headquarters to Field Operations.
4. Organizational Structure
5. FSA OCR Director’s Staff Johnny R. Toles, Jr. – Acting Director
Carmen D. Martinez – Deputy Director
David J. Adams, Special Assistant
Chris Sikes, Management Analyst
Cleatus Robinson, Management Analyst
Susan Radford, Secretary
6. Equal Employment Opportunity Branch Deborah Eyer, Chief
Holiday Jones, EEO Specialist
Catherine Thompson, EEO Specialist
Sean Clayton, EEO Specialist
John Davis, EEO Specialist
Lisa Fyall, EEO Specialist
Rebecca Vallerin, EEO Assistant
12. Kansas City Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights Office
13. Kansas City EEO and Civil Rights Staff Edith Stovall, Staff Officer
Teresa Jones, EO Specialist
Janet Head, EEO Specialist
Marsha Young, EEO Specialist
Donna Stone, EEO Specialist
Danielle Nigro, EO Assistant
14. KANSAS CITY EEO AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF
Manages Equal Employment
Opportunity (EEO), and Civil Rights
(CR) program reporting and the AEP
for all Field and State Offices.
Advises management officials
concerning the development of plans
15. KANSAS CITY EEO AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF Collect, evaluate, and analyzes statistical data on the status of the workforce diversity and makes information available to senior management on a quarterly basis for planning purposes.
16. KANSAS CITY EEO AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF Participates in the development of long-range plans of action to achieve FSA AEP goals and objectives and Strategic Plan.
17. KANSAS CITY EEO AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF Provides numerous profiles and
reports for the State Management Evaluations conducted by the Alabama Office.
Participates as Reviewers on State Management Evaluation teams.
18. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counseling and Mediation Branch Mission To resolve EEO Complaints
19. How do we achieve our mission Traditional EEO Counseling
20. Employees Have The Right To: A working environment that is free of discrimination
File an EEO complaint
Anonymity in the informal EEO complaint process
21. What is an EEO Complaint? An EEO Complaint is a claim that an Agency
acted or failed to act against an employee,
former employee or applicant that, adversely
affects privileges, benefits, working conditions,
or results in disparate treatment or has an
adverse impact on employees or applicants,
and is based in whole or in part on person’s
protected class which includes the following:
22. What is an EEO Complaint?(Continued) race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 & over), disability (mental/physical), and reprisal, and is not permitted under the law;
political affiliation/beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent or genetic information, and is not permitted under USDA regulations.
23. What is an EEO Complaint?(Continued) Contacting an EEO Counselor is the
mandatory first step in filing an EEO
* However, persons claiming discrimination involving Age and/or Equal Pay Act violations may bypass this process and proceed to District Court.
24. What is Discrimination? Discrimination is defined in Civil Rights Law
as unfavorable or unfair treatment of a person
or class of people in comparison to others who
are not members of the same protected class.
25. How Do I File An EEO Complaint
To file an EEO complaint, the individual must
contact an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar
days of the alleged discriminatory event.
26. FSA Counseling Servicing Areas
27. FSA EEO Counselors Claude McKenzie Gloria Scurry
Gregory Ferby Rene Rodriguez
Wanda Wilson Lydia Jones
28. Washington, DC Staff
29. EEO Counseling and Mediation Branch Services EEO Counseling and Mediation
Training on Informal EEO Complaint Program
Facilitation - Workplace Disputes
Guidance and direction on EEO Complaint Process
Contact on all Informal EEO Complaints filed against FSA
30. Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Laws prohibiting
Employment and Program discrimination
31. The Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination are: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964(Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;
the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination;
32. The Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination are: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older;
Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibit employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments;
the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which, among other things, provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.
33. The Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination are: Sections 501 and 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the Federal government; and
34. Civil Rights A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if
interfered with by another gives rise to an action for
injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech,
press, assembly, the right to vote, freedom from
involuntary servitude, and the right to equality in public
35. Civil Rights Laws Statutes have been enacted to prevent
discrimination based on a person’s race, sex,
religion, age, previous condition of servitude,
physical limitation, national origin and in some
instances sexual preference.
36. Civil Rights Laws Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, based on race, color, national origin.
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified disabled individual solely by reason of disability in employment, program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, federally conducted and assisted program or activity.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 (ECOA) and Title VII of the Consumer Protection Act of 1974 prohibits discrimination against an applicant about an aspect of a credit transaction.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination based on age in the delivery of programs and services.
37. Federally Conducted Program Complaint Process
38. Program Compliance and Analysis Branch Christopher Sikes, Acting Chief
Jeffrey Hayden, EO Assistant
Tracey Durr, Program Complaints Specialist
Doretha Frierson, EO Specialist
Carl Holmes, Program Complaints Specialist
Millie West-Wiggins, EO Specialist
Philip Newby, Program Complaints Specialist
39. Program Complaints Inquiry Branch(PCIB)
40. PCIB StaffMontgomery, AL Carlton O’neal, Chief
Katherine H. Colvin, Secretary
Program Complaints Specialist (PCS)
Roy C. Brown
Elvin R. Earthly
Sharon S. Ervin
41. PCIB StaffMontgomery, AL(Continued) Program Complaints Specialist, continued
Charles R. Glenn
G. Howard Goza
Richard B. Jones
Charles E. Lewis
John E. Smith, III
42. PCIB Functions Conduct Fact-Finding Inquires on Program Discrimination Cases
Conduct Special Inquiries, Misconduct Inquiries, and OIG Hotline Complaints
Conduct EEO and CR State Management Reviews
43. Fact-Finding Inquiries (FFIs) FSA is given 24 days to provide an Agency response to USDA/Office of Civil Rights on allegations of program discrimination complaints.
PCIB has 14 days to conduct a FFI.
44. FFI Process The PCS:
45. FFI Process, continued
46. FFI Process, continued
47. State Management Reviews (SMR)
To monitor and evaluate FSA programs to
ensure they are administered in a
48. SMR, continued
The Administrator’s Performance Review
Plan and FSA’s Strategic Plan require
that FSA/OCR complete at least 10 EEO
and CR State Management Reviews each
49. SMR Process
50. Administrator’s Policy Statements Civil Rights Policy Statement
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
51. Administrator’s Policy Statements, continued Reprisal and Retaliation Statement
Sexual Harassment Statement
52. USDA Policy Statement
Civil Rights Policy Statement
53. FSA/OCR Contacts Office of the Director – (202) 401-7220
EEOB – (202) 401-7206
CPAB – (202) 720-9413
CMB – (202) 401-7154
KC-EEO/CR – (816) 926-6701
PCIB – (334) 279-3601