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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.

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.

Join us for the 2017 Governor's Equal Employment Opportunity Conference at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville, KY. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the 31st Annual EEO conference will feature dynamic presenters and speakers focused on EEO and employment law, diversity and anti-bias. Confirmed speakers/presenters include: Secretary John C. Tilley, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Secretary Greg Thomas, Transportation Cabinet, Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Labor Cabinet, Kellie Watson, Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government, Jeff Sherr/Patti Heying, Department of Public Advocacy, Alina Klimkina, Associate, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and the SEC's first black athlete, Nate Northington among others!

For conference and registration details, click here.

The Governor's EEO Conference is the main opportunity for continuing education for EEO and HR professionals in state government.  Workshop topics include issues concerning equal employment opportunity, diversity, affirmative action, employee relations, leadership development and HR best practices.  Additionally, the Personnel Cabinet recognizes an individual (or individuals) who has made a significant contribution in the area of equal opportunity with the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award.

For more information, feel free to contact the Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training at 502.564.8000.