Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Emphasis Program
Welcome to the North Dakota Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Emphasis Program (LGBTEP) webpage. The goal of the LGBTEP is to provide awareness and education to NRCS employees and partners while focusing on such issues as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development, and advancement opportunities affecting LGBT applicants and employees at NRCS.
The LGBT Emphasis Program is an integral part of the overall equal employment opportunity (EEO) program and is designed to:
ï¿½Ensure that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
ï¿½Increase the number of LGBT people employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels.
ï¿½Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs.
ï¿½Encourage the participation of LGBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
ï¿½Provide a network of professional support for LGBT employees.
ï¿½Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.
Did you know that itï¿½ legal in 30 states to fire someone simply because theyï¿½e gay, and in 37 states because of a personï¿½ gender identity? Across the United States, companies can and do legally fire gay and transgender people for reasons that have nothing to do with job performance. The NRCS is devoted to providing a diverse workforce and is committed to the civil rights of our customers and employees. Due to a recent amendment, sexual orientation is now included in our agencyï¿½ Non-Discrimination Statement.