United States Department of the Interior 

                                      FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE   
                                               Washington, D.C. 20240


Effective: January 16, 1998

Expires: Indefinite


SUBJECT: Zero Tolerance of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy Statement

A. POLICY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to eliminating discrimination and sexual harassment in the work place. It is the policy of the Service that discrimination of any type and sexual harassment in any of its various forms will not be tolerated.

B. SCOPE: All Service employees, applicants for employment, and customers.

C. OBJECTIVES: Provide a work environment free from discrimination and harassment of any type regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical disability, reprisal, or sexual orientation.


1. Discrimination is defined as disparate treatment of an adverse nature towards an employee, applicant for employment, or beneficiary based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, reprisal, or sexual orientation.

2. Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that results in discrimination and/or a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment involves influencing, offering to influence, or threatening the career, pay, or job of an individual in exchange for sexual favors.

E. RESPONSIBILITIES: Managers, supervisors and employees are held accountable to maintain a workplace free of discriminatory practices or policies and to attempt resolution of any form of discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, reprisal, sexual orientation, or sexual harassment. It is everyone's responsibility to perform official duties in a manner that maintains and fosters a non-hostile work environment both in the work place and while on official travel.

F. AUTHORITY: Secretary Babbitt's memorandum of February 10, 1997, subject: Zero Tolerance of Discrimination; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

G. SUPERSESSION: This issuance supersedes NPI #94-05.



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