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Affirmative Action Plan

 affirmative action, 3D rendering, grunge metal stampPolicy Statement

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 employees.