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 (including pregnancy, sexual orientation involving transgender status/gender identity, sex-stereotyping, and sexual harassment), national origin, age, disability, genetic information or retaliation (for initiating a complaint or participating in the EEO process) you have 45 calendar days, with some exceptions, 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:
U.S. General Services Administration
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
1800 F Street, NW, Room 2331
Washington, DC 20405
The GSA Office of Civil Rights investigates and processes program complaints concerning Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 508). Individuals with disabilities may file an administrative complaint with the GSA Office of Civil Rights requesting that existing electronic and information technology (E&IT), such as a GSA branded website or non-accessible document that does not conform to the Section 508 standards, be reviewed and brought into compliance with the provisions of Section 508.
The Office of Civil Rights
The Office of Civil Rights administers five 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 Affirmative Employment Program, which refers to the preventative steps an agency takes to help ensure Equal Employment Opportunities;
- 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;
- The Environmental Justice which ensures 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; 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 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.