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Learn about Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Programs

The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the basic principles of human rights and equal access in employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Commonwealth provides equal opportunity in state employment to all persons.  No person shall be denied equal access because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or physical/mental disability. 

The Commonwealth applies affirmative action measures to correct deficiencies in the state employment system where those remedies are appropriate.  The policy shall be interpreted broadly to achieve its purposes.  Executive Order 526 and the Mass General Laws c 151B, §4.1 prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected status.

Affirmative Action Programs

In accordance with Executive Order 526 and applicable federal laws, the Commonwealth promotes affirmative action in employment.  We are committed to identifying areas of underrepresentation and working with Executive Departments to develop strategies that will remedy underrepresentation and/or demonstrate "good faith" efforts toward a remedy.  We incorporate metrics and analytics to monitor our progress.  Would you like to know your county's benchmark numbers?  If so, click on the Massachusetts Census 2010 Employment by State and Local Occupational Groups link.

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