How to File a Complaint

Federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination), age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, including the provision of reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities or genetic information (GINA), gender identity, and retaliation for participating in activities protected by the civil rights statutes. In addition, NOAA prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Employees, NOAA Corps Officers, or applicants for employment with NOAA who believe that they have been discriminated or retaliated against may contact an EEO Counselor. The Counselor will attempt to resolve the matter and furnish information about filing a complaint of discrimination. To preserve your rights under the law, you must contact an EEO Counselor within 45 CALENDAR DAYS of the date of alleged discrimination.

To initiate EEO Counseling or for more information, contact the NOAA Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights:

VOICE: 301.713.0500
TDD: 301.713.0982

EEO poster


NOAA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The NOAA ADR Office provides mediation services to resolve conflict in the workplace to reduce the number of EEO complaints and employee grievances. ADR Brochure

Additional Resources

NOAA Reasonable Accommodations Website:

DOC Quick Reference Guide: Addressing Workplace Issues: At-A-Glance

Allegations of Harassment Prohibited by Federal Law (DAO 202-955)

NOAA Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment Helpline