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Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination In Federal Civilian Employment

A Guide to Employee's Rights

Agency Commitment

Federal agencies, as well as their managers, should commit themselves to promoting a work environment that is free from discrimination based upon sexual orientation in accordance with Executive Order 13087. Agencies should distribute the President's Executive Order to their employees and should notify them about avenues of redress. Employees should be encouraged to report to their supervisor instances of discrimination. When made aware of problems, supervisors should consult with their human resources office or agency legal counsel to ensure that appropriate steps are taken. All reports of incidents of sexual orientation discrimination should be taken seriously and addressed. In some circumstances, this may involve taking corrective steps or disciplining those who discriminate, as appropriate.

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