Commissioner Rettig Supports Workplace Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity


November 6, 2019

I am committed to fostering an inclusive workforce that reflects America's diversity through effective outreach, recruitment, hiring, and employee development. I pledge unequivocally to continue to carry out our long tradition of vigorously enforcing all applicable Federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws, rules, regulations, Executive Orders, and directives. We must ensure that no applicant for employment or employee of the IRS is denied equal opportunity under the law.

The IRS will not tolerate harassment or any other form of discrimination based on race, color, sex (gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and transgender status), national origin, religion, age (40 and over), disability (mental or physical), parental status, protected genetic information, and retaliation for engaging in the EEO process. This applies to all aspects of employment including promotion, evaluation, transfer, assignment, training, benefits, and separation. The IRS is further committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious practices, in accordance with applicable authorities. All personnel decisions are to be based solely on legitimate business considerations.

You should immediately report incidents of harassment or other forms of discrimination to an EEO official or management. The IRS will address any allegations promptly and fairly.

To pursue a claim of discrimination, you must contact an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory event. Employees may report allegations of discrimination including harassment based on sex, retaliation for participating in EEO activities or any other prohibited bases, by contacting EEO through the Employee Resource Center via IRS Source or by calling 866-743-5748. Sexual Harassment may also be reported by calling the Sexual Harassment Hotline at 866-298-7672.

— Charles P. Rettig