Civil Rights Policies
Part 402 - Civil Rights Policies
A. It is the policy of NRCS to treat customers and employees equitably, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, parental status, and protected genetic information. Reprisal of any kind against customers or employees will not be tolerated. Agency officials, managers, supervisors, and other employees will be held accountable for discrimination, reprisal, civil rights violations, and related misconduct.
B. Managers and supervisors are responsible for the environment in which their employees work, and have a duty to take both affirmative and corrective action to ensure equal opportunity and civil rights for customers and employees. To deter violations, managers and supervisors are required to take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action in findings of discrimination, reprisal, civil rights violations, and related misconduct in employment and program matters.
C. Additionally, managers and supervisors will be held accountable for failure to take appropriate action in response to any findings of discrimination, reprisal, civil rights violation, and related misconduct. Annual performance appraisals for managers and supervisors will include an evaluation of their compliance with the NRCS commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity.