Across USDA, civil rights ensures equal employment opportunities and program access for all employees and customers. It ensures that every employee, applicant and program participant is treated with dignity, equality and respect by enforcing Civil Rights (CR) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statutes, protected federal laws, policies, management directives and executive orders.
From NRCS, as well as support from the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center and USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, customers and employees have many resources regarding civil rights.
Civil Rights (National Office)
- Farm Production and Conservation Service's Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Division
- USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Civil Rights-Related Links
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
- U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)." To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.