It is the policy of the Public Defense Services Commission that no person shall be
discriminated against by reason of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, marital
status, sexual orientation, age (if the individual is 18 years of age or older), or disability
not directly and substantively related to effective performance. It is also the policy of
PDSC to establish and maintain a program of affirmative action to address the effects of
discrimination intended and unintended, which is indicated by analysis of present
employment patterns, practices and policies.
PDSC’s Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan shall be followed by all PDSC
staff. All personnel actions of PDSC shall be administered according to this policy.
PDSC’s supervisory and management staff shall ensure that the intent as well as the
stated requirements of the Plan are implemented. In addition, it is the duty of every
employee of PDSC to create a job environment that is conducive to non-discrimination
and free of any form of discrimination or discriminatory harassment.
This Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan will be posted in plain sight at all
times for employees’ use and referral. Any agency or member of the public requesting a
copy of the PDSC Affirmative Action Plan shall be provided one at no cost.
Agency Diversity & Inclusion Statement
PDSC recognizes a diverse workforce is crucial in service to Oregonians. We treat all
people with dignity and respect and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, political or
religious affiliation, or physical or mental disability.
Training, Education, and Development Plan
The Oregon State Bar requires every attorney licensed to practice law in the state to
attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs that train and educate lawyers
concerning issues of ethnic diversity and cultural competency. PDSC presents in-house
training programs that satisfy these requirements, and also includes all non-attorney