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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR provides for a qualified and neutral party to attempt to resolve an employment matter. For matters pertaining to complaints of discrimination, ADR can begin at any point during the pre-complaint or formal complaint stages. ADR can be particularly useful where communication has broken down or emotions are intense. Discussions during ADR sessions are confidential; and all written documentation obtained for the benefit of ADR will not be retained, or used as part of the official complaint’s record.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The purpose of this policy is to prescribe procedures, in accordance with the Coast Guard and DHS’ Anti-Harassment Policy, for combating harassment in the Coast Guard and to promptly correct any harassment that occurs. This policy also prescribes additional notification procedures for conduct that constitutes as a hate incident. The Coast Guard continually strives to meet the highest standards of personal respect by valuing human dignity and diversity in accordance with our core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

Reasonable Accommodation

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791, prohibits federal employers from engaging in employment discrimination against person with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities. This law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities unless to do so would cause undue hardship.

Civil Rights Command Checklist

By regulation, Commanding Officers/Officers in Charge (CO/OICs) are responsible for civil rights leadership and compliance.  The Civil Rights Directorate (CRD) assists CO/OICs with these responsibilities by providing guidance and tools, such as the “Command Checklist”.  This particular tool distills all CO/OICs civil rights responsibilities described by law, regulation, Executive Order, Management Directive, and Commandant Instruction into one simple checklist, which allows commands to easily indicate whether or not their commands are compliant. Commands with 50 or more personnel are required to complete the checklist by 31 October annually.  Civil Rights Service Providers (CRSPs) are available to assist commands with achieving compliance for any element(s).

FY13 Command Checklist Elements

FY13 Command Checklist Trends

Inappropriate Interview Questions of Federal Employees or Applicants

Are you looking to fill the open positions in your unit or office, and prepping to conduct interviews of the applicants?  If so, when developing those interview questions, be sure to also review what not to ask when interviewing federal employees or applicants.  Some common inappropriate questions include:

  • Do you have a disability?
  • What off-the-job activities do you participate in?
  • Do you have children?   How old are they?
  • You have a fascinating accent.  Where are you from?
  • What year did you graduate from high school?
  • Have you had any major health problems in the past?
  • When do you intend to retire?
  • What was your attendance like at your last job?  Of the days you missed, how many were for sick leave?
  • What neighborhood do you live in?
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