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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 and policies.

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 Mediation Facilitation

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 Complaint. * 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 706-546-2303 720-544-2900 Gregory Ferby Rene Rodriguez 315-477-6310 530-792-5544 Wanda Wilson Lydia Jones 859-224-7665 202-401-7167 Michael Sherman 816-926-3487

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 places.

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 Patricia Gates

41. PCIB StaffMontgomery, AL(Continued) Program Complaints Specialist, continued Charles R. Glenn G. Howard Goza Richard B. Jones Charles E. Lewis Carnell McAlpine Olan Sanders 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) PURPOSE To monitor and evaluate FSA programs to ensure they are administered in a non-discriminatory manner.

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 year.

49. SMR Process

50. Administrator’s Policy Statements Civil Rights Policy Statement http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/civil/civil_rights.htm Equal Employment Opportunity Statement http://www.fsa.usda.gov/civil/statements/eeo_policy.htm

51. Administrator’s Policy Statements, continued Reprisal and Retaliation Statement http://www.fsa.usda.gov/civil/statements/reprisal_policy.htm Sexual Harassment Statement http://www.fsa.usda.gov/civil/statements/Harassment_policy.htm

52. USDA Policy Statement Civil Rights Policy Statement http://www.usda.gov/da/CRPolicy.htm

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

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