• Nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, under any program receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department, see 15 CFR 8.


  • Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, see 15 CFR 8a.


  • Nondiscrimination against persons with disabilities in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, see 15 CFR 8b.


  • Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities conducted by the Department, in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, see 15 CFR 8c.



  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations.





  • The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 (Public Law 102-559): The standards used to determine whether section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 791), has been violated in a complaint alleging nonaffirmative action employment discrimination under this part shall be the standards applied under Titles I and V (sections 501 through 504 and 510) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (42 U.S.C. 12101, 12111, 12201), as such sections relate to employment. These standards are set forth in the Commission's ADA regulations at 29 CFR part 1630.




  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111 -2): Amends Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the ADA and the Rehab Act to clarify the time frame in which victims of discrimination may challenge and recover for discriminatory compensation decisions or other discriminatory practices affecting compensation.


Executive Orders


Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the federal government.




  • Executive Order 12928 - Promoting Procurement with Small Businesses Owned and Controlled by Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individuals, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Institutions, September 16, 1994.


  • Executive Order 13087 - Further Amendment to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in Federal Government, May 28, 1988. Provides a uniform Executive Branch policy for the Federal Government to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the Federal civilian workforce.


  • Executive Order 13124 - Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating To Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities, June 4, 1999.



  • Executive Order 13152 - Further Amendment to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in Federal Government, May 2, 2000.



  • Executive Order 13164 - Requiring Federal Agencies to Establish Written Procedures for Processing Requests of Reasonable Accommodation, July 26, 2000.


  • Executive Order 13166 - Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency - August 11, 2000.




  • Executive Order 13216 - Amendment to Executive Order 13125, Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs, June 6, 2001. [Changes title to Increasing Opportunity and Improving Quality of Life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and extends the term of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders]


  • Executive Order 13256 - President's Board of Advisors for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002.



  • Executive Order 13339 - Increasing Economic Opportunity and Business Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders



Department of Commerce Organizational Orders, and Administrative Orders


Department Organization Orders


Department Organizational Orders (DOOs) are used to prescribe the basic management structure and organizational arrangements of the Department of Commerce. DOOs are issued for each Secretarial Officer, Departmental Office, and Operating Unit of the Department of Commerce.


Department Administrative Orders (DAOs)


Department Administrative Orders (DAOs) are used to document and mandate continuing policies, standards requirements, and procedures prescribed by the Office of the Secretary for Departmentwide application or for application to two or more major program areas of the Department. The DAOs cover substantive program matters as well as administrative management, legal, or special staff functions.




Policy Guidance


EEOC Management Directive 110 - guidance on the EEO complaint process (link to EEOC web site)


Other Resources




  • The Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law - this EEOC publication includes feature articles on timely issues in equal employment opportunity law, as well as summaries of recent Commission decisions and federal court cases, as they affect Federal government employees. [link to EEOC web site]


National Origin


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission web page on National Origin Discrimination [link to EEOC website]


Sexual Orientation


  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) booklet - Addressing Sexual Orientation in Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employee Rights - includes information on the rights of federal employees with respect to sexual orientation discrimination and avenues of redress. PDF Version [link to OPM website]



Affirmative Employment


  • OPM Model 9-Point Plan for Hispanic Employment pdf [link to OPM website]

  • OPM booklet - Building and Maintaining a Diverse, High Quality Workforce: A Guide for Federal Agencies - web page; pdf

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