HomeContact UsDiversity and Equal OpportunityDiscrimination FAQs

DEO

Discrimination FAQs

Making an employment decision based on a prohibited factor such as: race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age (40 and above), disability (mental or physical), reprisal (for prior EEO involvement), sexual identity or sexual orientation.

There are two theories of discrimination: (1) disparate treatment and, (2) adverse impact.
Disparate treatment occurs when an employee is intentionally treated differently from other employees who are in similar situations because of a prohibited factor (race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age (40 and above), disability, reprisal (for prior EEO involvement), sexual identity or sexual orientation).
Adverse impact occurs when a system is designed to treat everyone equally, but in reality, it more harshly impacts a certain protected group and it cannot be justified by business necessity.
Contact an EEO Counselor or the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity within 45 days from the date of the alleged discriminatory event.