Employment discrimination is as prevalent in the public sector as it is in the private sector. To ensure federal employees and private citizens are not subject to employment discrimination by federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) strives hard to enforce federal laws and provide for a robust discrimination reporting process.
Just like employees of private companies, employees in federal workplaces have the right to be free from illegal harassment and discrimination. Federal discrimination laws have been established by Congress and prohibits employers to discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, religion, pregnancy, disability, national origin, age, or genetic information. However, federal employees must follow a different set of rules and procedures for filing a complaint against their employer with the EEOC.