Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training (ODET) provides general guidance and oversight of statewide EEO compliance. The office develops standard procedures, monitors agency responsiveness and exercises investigative authority on behalf of the Office of the Secretary to address complaints of workplace harassment and discrimination in accordance to
KRS 18A.025. Additionally, the office is responsible for providing EEO Compliance and Diversity training for state government employees and agencies.
Pursuant to relevant state and federal laws, it is the Commonwealth of Kentucky's policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status.
Employer-employee relations shall include, but not be limited to, hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation.
Discrimination and Harassment are unlawful.
Harassment is any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on any of the protected classes. Actions are considered harassing when the conduct culminates into a tangible employment action, or when the conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky will not tolerate harassment. Complaints of harassment will be promptly and carefully investigated. All employees are assured that they will be free from any and all reprisal or retaliation from filing such complaints. Further, all employees are assured that they will be free from any and all reprisal and retaliation for participating in an investigation of harassment.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Posters
Be a Good Co-Worker
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Harassment Prevention Do's and Dont's
The Commonwealth of Kentucky's employees and applicants are guaranteed the following rights:
The right to freedom from discrimination in employment.
The right to equal opportunity in hiring, promotion, transfer, recruitment, layoff, rate of compensation, training and all other aspects of the employment process.
The right to file a complaint if you believe discrimination has occurred.
The right to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
State employees are encouraged to express their concerns regarding existing or potential barriers or prohibitions to equal employment opportunity in accordance with state and federal laws. Agency/Cabinet EEO Coordinators and Counselors are charged with providing guidance to state employees who believe they have experienced discrimination or harassment under the guidelines of Federal and State law and conduct investigations where warranted. You can find your agency EEO coordinator
here. Assistance is also available by contacting our office.
State employees may also contact the
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and/or the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Both agencies process discrimination complaints from public and private-sector employees. For questions regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact the
State ADA Coordinator. For information on filing a complaint through the grievance process please visit our Grievances
page for more information.
The annual Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference is one of the longest running conferences of its kind anywhere in the country. The conference has grown to promote and celebrate the diversity represented among people of the Commonwealth; it also focuses on providing attendees with valuable development tools in areas of leadership development, employee relations and best practices . In addition, the conference offers programming that focuses on equal employment opportunity, contract compliance and human resources development in an informative and interactive way via keynote addresses, interest sessions, conference workshops and breakout sessions.
New this year, we continue to expand the size and scope of this event and we encourage any and all who are interested to attend. For complete information about the 2018 Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference, please visit the following link: Conference page.
We are excited to host this years conference in the newly renovated
Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville, KY on October 24-25.
To see pictures from last year's event, click
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Additionally, this gathering offers the Personnel Cabinet the opportunity to recognize an individual (or individuals) who has made a significant contribution in the area of equal opportunity with the
Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award. If you know someone who is worthy of this nomination, please submit here.
For more information, feel free to contact the Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training at 502.564.8000 and/or E-mail:
Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training.