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Equal Employment Opportunity

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Equal Employment Opportunity Laws

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. These laws protect you against employment discrimination when it involves:

  • Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and gender stereotyping), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
  • Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and gender stereotyping), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
  • Denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation that you need because of your religious beliefs or disability.
  • Retaliation because you complained about job discrimination, or assisted with a job discrimination investigation or complaint.

TSA works to ensure equal employment opportunity for both current and former employees, as well as applicants for employment. Several Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws govern the conduct of Federal agencies in their employment practices.

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) prohibits sex-based wage discrimination for men and women who perform substantially similar work under similar circumstances.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination based on age against individuals who are 40 years of age or older.
  • Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination based on disability.  This law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities, unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the agency.
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) makes it illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants based on their genetic information.
  • All five statutes make it illegal to retaliate against an individual seeking protection under any of the anti-discrimination laws.

 Read the laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

How Do I Protect My Rights Under The Equal Employment Opportunity Laws At TSA?

Any current or former TSA employee or employment applicant may file an unlawful employment discrimination complaint by contacting the Civil Rights Division.

Current or former TSA employees or applicants may raise any of the legal bases listed below when initiating the complaint process.

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex (Includes gender identity & gender stereotyping)
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Age (40 and over)
  • Disability
  • Genetic information
  • Retaliation

Additionally, there are protections against discrimination based on marital status, political affiliation, status as a parent and sexual orientation.  The Civil Rights Division will seek to resolve complaints that raise these issues.  Read more about these other protections.

How Long Do I Have to Contact the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties to File an EEO Complaint?

Contact the Civil Rights Division within 45 days from the day the alleged discrimination occurred to file a complaint. Persons may lose their right to file a complaint if they do not contact the Civil Rights Division within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory act.

CRD Contact Information:

In Person: 701 S. 12th Street, West Building, 3rd Floor

Phone: 571-227-1917, 877-EEO-4TSA (877-336-4872) or 800-877-8339



The following Equal Employment Opportunity related training material can be accessed via the online learning center. Login is required:

  • Introduction to Civil Rights
  • DHS No Fear Act
  • Workplace Harassment for Supervisors and Managers
  • Foundations of Leadership– Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention for Federal Employees
  • TSA EEO Workplace Diversity Training
Latest revision: 30 September 2014