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Non-Discrimination Provisions of USDA Policy

Overview

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its employment, federally assisted and conducted programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs (excluding conducted programs), reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

No person shall be intimidated, threatened, coerced, or discriminated against because that person made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing involving any employment, conducted, or program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Statutory Authorities

  • TITLE VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-7
    Prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, or national origin in conducted programs and activities, or recipients of Federal financial assistance.

     

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
    Prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

     

  • Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972
    Prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs, employment, and programs receiving Federal financial assistance.

     

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794
    Prohibits discrimination based on physical and mental disability in employment, conducted programs and activities, and programs receiving Federal financial assistance.

     

  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975
    Prohibits discrimination based on age, employment, and recipients of Federal financial assistance.

     

  • American with Disability Act of 1990
    Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by Public entities. (Assisted and Employment Programs).

     

  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974
    Title VII of the Consumer Protection Act of 1974, as amended, Section 701 of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-49, tit. V, 88 Stat. 1500, 15 USC $$ 1691 - 1691f.

     

  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
    Requires equal compensation for men and women for work which relies upon equal skill, effort and responsibility and which is performed under similar working conditions.

     

  • Executive Order 13160
    Nondiscrimination on the basis of Race, Sex, Color, National Origin, Disability, Religion, Age, Sexual Orientation and Status as a Parent in Federally Conducted Education and Training Programs.