Office of Civil Rights Overview
GSA prohibits discrimination in the workplace and the Office of Civil Rights upholds the agency’s commitment to becoming a model Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
If you feel that you were discriminated against when applying for employment at GSA or as a current or former GSA employee based on your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or retaliation (for initiating a complaint or participating in the EEO process) you have 45 calendar days from the date that the discrimination occurred to initiate an informal complaint through the EEO process. In addition, if the discrimination involved a personnel action (for example, a demotion or firing),you have 45 calendar days from the date the personnel action takes effect to to initiate an informal complaint through the EEO process.
If you feel that you were discriminated against when applying for employment at GSA or as a current or former GSA employee, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights in the following ways:
Phone: 202-501-4571 or FedRelay 1-800-877-8339
U.S. General Services Administration
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
1800 F Street, NW, Room 2331
Washington, DC 20405
The Office of Civil Rights
The Office of Civil Rights administers four different programs related to the application of various Federal Civil Rights laws and regulations.
Those programs include:
- The Equal Employment Opportunity program for GSA's employees and applicants for employment;
- The Nondiscrimination in Federally Conducted Programs and Activities program for federal tenants (and their employees) and members of the general public seeking access to programs and activities conducted by GSA; and
- The Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs and Activities program for persons eligible to participate in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from GSA.
- The Affirmative Employment Program which refers to the preventative steps an agency takes to help ensure Equal Employment Opportunities. In FY2015 this was realigned to OCR.
The Office of Civil Rights also administers the appeals process for administrative grievances filed by GSA employees.
The Office of Civil Rights has Federal Relay Service (FRS) capabilities that enable individuals with hearing impairments to communicate with us. FRS may be accessed at 1-800-877-8339.
Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.