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Equity And Inclusion

​Contact: Phone: (503) 947-1289  | Email:
875 Union St. NE | Salem, OR 97311 
Phone: 503-508-4073 | TTY: 800-735-2900

The Oregon Employment Department fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to maintain a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or status as a victim of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. This policy applies to every aspect of our employment practices, including recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, and training. A goal of the Oregon Employment Department is to become an employer of choice for individuals of all backgrounds and promote an inclusive workplace culture that encourages diversity and allows employees to excel. 

Sponsored by the Director, the Equity and Inclusion Council is a 15-member employee group that provides a wide range of policy recommendations to the Executive Team and learning opportunities to the entire Employment Department. It envisions the Employment Department as a
 workplace where individual strengths are recognized and appreciated and all employees are encouraged to contribute.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Services

All state agencies that receive financial assistance from the federal government, including but not limited to state agencies, local agencies and for-profit and non-profit entities, must comply with the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Executive Order 13166.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
It is policy of the United States that discrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin shall not occur in connection with programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance and authorizes and directs the appropriate Federal departments and agencies to take action to carry out this policy.

Executive Order 13166:

Requires federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the fundamental mission of the agency.

Directed federal agencies to publish guidance on how their recipients can provide access to LEP persons:  Improve the language accessibility of their own federal programs and breakdown language barriers by implementing consistent standards of language assistance across federal agencies and amongst all recipients of federal financial assistance.

As a recipient of federal assistance, the Oregon Employment Department is required to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access for persons who are LEP.

All Employment Department offices have access to language assistance and interpretive services which are provided to our customers at no cost.

Affirmative Action Plan 2023-2025

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Language Access Policy

Language Access Procedure

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan 2023

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