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No FEAR Act

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Washington Headquarters Services provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) data in accordance with the requirements under Title III of the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-174). Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in this website, please contact the EEO Programs Division (EEOD) at 571-372-0832.

On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the "Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002," which is commonly known as the No FEAR Act.

The Act imposes specific duties upon Federal agency employers intended to reinvigorate their longstanding obligation to provide a work environment free of discrimination and retaliation.

The No FEAR Act imposed new duties on Federal agencies. They consist of the following requirements:

  • A Federal agency must reimburse the Judgment Fund for payments made to employees, former employees, or applicants for Federal employment because of actual or alleged violations of Federal employment discrimination laws, Federal whistleblower protection laws, and retaliation claims arising from the assertion of rights under those laws.
  • An agency must provide annual notice to its employees, former employees, and applicants for Federal employment concerning the rights and remedies applicable to them under the employment discrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
  • At least every two years, an agency must provide training to its employees, including managers, regarding the rights and remedies available under the employment discrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
  • An agency must submit to Congress, EEOC, the Department of Justice, and OPM, an annual report setting forth information about the agency's efforts to improve compliance with the employment discrimination and whistleblower protection laws and detailing the status of complaints brought against the agency under these laws.
  • An agency must post quarterly on its public Web site summary statistical data pertaining to EEO complaints filed with the agency.

For more information or to exercise your EEO rights, you may contact EEOD at 571-372-0832.

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