OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
OFFICE For EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can file an EEO complaint?
A: Employees, former employees, applicants for employment and contractors (on a case by case basis).
Q: How do I file an EEO complaint?
A: If you believe you have been discriminated against on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, genetics, status as a parent, sexual orientation or reprisal, you must contact an EEO Counselor to start the initial informal complaint process. You have 45 calendar days from the date of the alleged discriminatory act (or personnel action) to contact the EEO Counselor.
Q: Does OSM have an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program?
A: Yes. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an inclusive term used to describe a variety of joint problem-solving techniques that present options in lieu of adjudication or adversarial methods for resolving disputes. Mediation and facilitation are two examples of ADR.
Q: Who is a person with a qualified disability?
A: As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, an individual with, who has a record of, or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (function).
Q: What is Management Directive (MD) 715?
A: MD 715 is an annual report required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which provides policy guidance and standards for establishing and maintaining effective programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The MD 715 seeks for all federal agencies to create and maintain a model EEO program, which includes demonstrated commitment from agency leadership; integration of EEO into the Agency's strategic mission; management and program accountability; proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination; efficiency; and responsiveness and legal compliance.
Q: What is Public Civil Rights?
A: Prohibition against discrimination in programs, services and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.