The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, provides equal opportunity in employment for all persons; prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, and promotes the realization of equal opportunity through a proactive and continuing affirmative employment program.
The Equal Employment (EE) Office administers a comprehensive Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District. It is our policy to provide EEO for all persons, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or reprisal. The EEO Office provides direction in the development and implementation of the District and Region’s Affirmative Employment Program (AEP) Plans, provides EEO discrimination complaint counseling services, and administers and fully supports the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program and Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs).
Filing a Complaint
Any employee, former employee, or applicant for employment can file an EEO complaint. An EEO complaint is an allegation of discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability (mental/physical), genetic information, national origin, race, religion, reprisal or sex.
The first step in filing a complaint is to contact the EEO Office within 45 calendar days of the date of the matter alleged to be discriminatory or, in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action. An EEO specialist or counselor may offer you the opportunity to participate in the pre-complaint counseling process or, if determined appropriate, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method in lieu of traditional counseling.
Mediation is the ADR process preferred by the Department of the Army, however other methods may be offered as determined by the activity. Mediation is a method by which an objective and impartial person (a trained mediator) facilitates communication between the aggrieved and management to resolve concern(s) or disputes(s). If ADR is offered and accepted, the pre-complaint period will be extended an additional 60 calendar days from the date of contact with the EEO Office. If ADR is not offered, or you choose not to participate in ADR, the EEO counselor will continue with traditional EEO counseling.