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The State of Oregon established Affirmative Action on July 1, 1975 to eliminate the effects of past and present under-representation intended or unintended, that are evident by analysis of present employment patterns, practices or policies.
The Governor of the State of Oregon is committed to the right of all persons to work and advance on the basis of merit, ability, and potential.  The Governor has delegated authority to the Director of the Affirmative Action Office to follow ORS 243.315.  The Director will assist in the implementation and monitor affirmative action plans in all state agencies.  This will foster work environments that recruit, retain and promote employees who represent the broadest possible spectrum of society, which includes women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and all other protected classes.
Mission Statement
The Governor’s Affirmative Action Office is designed to:
  1. Reaffirm the state's policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action;
  2. Identify state agencies' goals and action plans for achieving goals for women, racial/ethnic group members, and persons with disabilities;
  3. Provide program specifics for promoting and assuring equal employment opportunity;
  4. Communicate the Governor’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles; and
  5. Demonstrate the continued “good faith” efforts of the State of Oregon.
  6. Act as a consultant and advisor to agencies to assists them in meeting their goals and action plans.
Annual Performance Measures

The objective of the Affirmative Action Office is to monitor agencies’ compliance with equal employment opportunity, diversity and internal and external public relations. The desired results include and are not limited to:
  1. Comply with federal, state, and local mandates.
  2. Decrease the number of claims and lawsuits.
  3. Establish the State of Oregon as a premiere “Employer of Choice.”
  4. Recruit, retain, promote and mentor protected classes.
  5. Enhance trust and credibility within all communities, especially ethnic communities.
  6. Enhance the perception of accessibility to state government.
Process of Concerns and/or Complaints
If a concern and/or complaint should arise, please take the following steps:
Step 1:      Contact the Affirmative Action Representative within your agency.
                 The contact information of who is your agency's Affirmative Action Representative
                 can be found posted in the breakarea bulletin boards.
Step 2:      Contact the Governor’s Affirmative Action Office, (503) 373-7444. The Governor’s
                 Affirmative Action Office cannot comment regarding claims that are in litigation.
Step 3:      If you’ve gone through Step 1 and Step 2 and your concern is not resolved, you can
                 follow this step:
File a complaint with The Civil Rights Division of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI); in Salem call (503) 731-4075 ext. 1; in Portland call (971) 673-0761 or you mail email them at BOLI.MAIL@state.or.us