Koskinen Reaffirms Importance of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity

As IRS continues to look toward our future, we remain committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO). This means protecting basic individual rights and promoting an inclusive work environment in which people from all backgrounds can fully participate.

Employment discrimination is not only unlawful, but it’s also inconsistent with our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. All aspects of employment – from hiring, promotion, transfer, reassignment, training/career development, benefits and separation – must be based solely on legitimate business considerations. No employee or applicant for employment should be discriminated against based on race, national origin, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity), religion, age, disability, parental status or protected genetic information.

Our commitment to equal opportunity includes providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. We also accommodate religious beliefs and practices.

There are processes in place to safeguard your rights and to resolve concerns about discriminatory treatment or harassment. If you ever experience or suspect discrimination, report it to management or an EEO counselor immediately. Retaliation for filing an EEO complaint, participating in an investigation, complaining about harassing behavior or discriminatory treatment is unlawful. Managers and employees have a duty to cooperate with EEO investigations.

The diversity of our workforce is an asset to our agency and the taxpayers we serve who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. It’s important for us to recognize and be comfortable with that diversity.

It’s my privilege to lead the remarkable employees at the IRS and I sincerely thank you for your continued dedication.

— John A. Koskinen