AmeriCorps is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to its employees and upholding the anti-discrimination laws which are applicable to the workforce and volunteers. The Agency strives for work and service environments which are free from discrimination and harassment for employees, service members and volunteers.

Grant Program Non-Harassment and Civil Rights Policy

AmeriCorps has zero tolerance for unlawful harassment of any individual or group of individuals engaged in national service. AmeriCorps is committed to treating all persons with dignity and respect. Our agency prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, gender, age (40 and over), religion, sexual orientation, disability (mental or physical) , gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, reprisal, genetic information (including family medical history), or military service. All programs administered by or receiving federal financial assistance from AmeriCorps must be free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Read the full policy statement: Grant Program Non-Harassment and Civil Rights Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Harassment Policies For Employees

Civil Rights and Workforce Diversity

AmeriCorps is committed to achieving a diverse, energized, high-performing workforce. The key to achieving this objective is developing and maintaining effective leaders, managers, and employees who treat all persons with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, reprisal, genetic information, or military service. This policy covers all personnel programs, management practices, and decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, merit promotions, transfers, reassignments, training, career development, benefits, and separations. We strive to provide a work environment free of discrimination and harassment, providing all employees the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field.

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Employee Civil Rights and Non-Harassment Policy

AmeriCorps will not tolerate any harassment that may include slurs and other verbal or physical conduct that relates to an individual’s gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other legally-protected status when such behavior has the purpose or effect of interfering with job performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Examples of harassing conduct include, but are not limited to: explicit or implicit demands for sexual favors; pressure to engage in a romantic relationship or for dates; deliberate touching of another person without consent, leaning over or cornering a person; repeated offensive teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions; unwanted letters, emails, or phone calls; distribution or display of offensive materials; offensive looks or gestures based on a person’s gender, race, ethnicity, or religious baiting; physical assault or other threatening behavior; and demeaning, debasing, or abusive comments or other actions that intimidate and are based on a person’s protected status.

Read the full policy statement: Employee Civil Rights and Non-Harassment Policy Statement

Employees may also refer to AmeriCorps’ Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedure (2020) for more information.

Service members, volunteers, employees, and applicants for Federal employment who wish to file a discrimination complaint may do so by sending an email message to eo@cns.gov or by leaving a voice message on the Civil Rights Hotline at 1-202-606-3461. Calls to the hotline will be returned within 24 hours.

For more information on regarding the discrimination complaint process employees, service members and volunteers may contact Michael Cokley, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, by sending a message to mcokley@cns.gov or eo@cns.gov.

Lisa A. Gray is the Acting Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. She may be reached by sending an email message to ligray@cns.gov.