Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Equal Employment Opportunity

Howard University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment as well as in its education programs and activities. To maintain a workplace in which all employees are treated with respect and decency, Howard University prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, family status and responsibilities, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, gender identity, or expression, genetic information, matriculation, unemployed status, or any other classifications, activities or conditions protected by applicable law.

Staff and faculty EEO concerns should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (202) 806-1280 or at eeo@howard.edu

All complaints of discrimination and requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to eeo@howard.edu.

**Note: Sex/gender discrimination and sexual harassment complaints should be directed to the Title IX office.**

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Information

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  

Diversity refers to a workforce's physical, mental and emotional differences. 

Equity involves intentional actions—policies, processes and procedures—that ensure all employees have the same opportunity to do their best work. 

Inclusion refers to intentional behaviors that involve everyone in a meaningful way.


Equal Employment Opportunity

EEO laws prohibit specific types of discrimination, harassment, retaliation in the workplace


Affirmative Action

Intentional policies and practices for the inclusion of all persons in workplace activities

Key Employment Laws

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Prohibits workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation

EEO is the Law

Know your rights in the District of Columbia

Howard University Title VII (Employee) Policy Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Howard University Non-Discrimination Policy

American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Promotes job accommodation/adjustment to a job or work environment that makes it possible for an individual with a disability to perform their job duties.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave (i.e., up to twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period) for specified family and medical reasons:

the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;

the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;

to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;

a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;

any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;”

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Protects military service members and veterans from employment discrimination on the basis of their service and allows them to regain their civilian jobs following a period of uniformed service.

Filing a Discrimination/Harassment Complaint

Your discrimination/harassment complaint must contain the following information:

Your name, email address, and telephone number;

Your college/school/administrative unit and office;

Your supervisor’s name;

A short description of the events that you believe were discriminatory (for example, you were terminated, demoted, harassed);

Why you believe you were discriminated against (for example, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or retaliation);

A short description of any injury you suffered; and

Your signature and the date of your complaint.


Please submit your complaint to eeo@howard.edu

Requesting a Workplace Accommodation

Howard University Employee Handbook

The Employee Handbook informs employees of the policies and guidelines governing their employment relationship with Howard University.  All employees should be familiar with the content of this document and check periodically for updates. 

Please Download the Howard University Employee Handbook