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Equal Employment Opportunity is the state that
exists when all employees in any given occupation can go
as far as their ability and willingness to accept chal
lenge will take them.
Accepting as true that roughly
the same percent of minorities and women are talented as
that of any other group, the state of Equal Employment
Opportunity will be demonstrated to exist in the Depart
ment of Labor when minorities and women are distributed
in the same manner as all employees and in numbers which
evaluation of the status of minorities and women in the
Department of Labor; (2) interviews with EEO and Person
nel staff and employees at various levels; (3) in-depth
studies of Recruitment and Upward Mobility programs; and
(4) a review of the present EEO organizational structure. The simple quantitative analysis and the correlation
study showed substantial underutilization of minorities and
women in the Department.
Such factors as education, length
of service and time-in-grade were examined.
A small part of
tunate results of these minimal efforts, evident in all
A&O's, are most notable with regards to entry level women
in OSHA & OASA and entry level blacks in OSHA & BLS.
thermore, availability studies indicate that there are
women and minorities for DOL jobs both within and outside of
Three departmental upward mobility programs have
affected only 45 out of 3500 nonprofessional employees
over the past five years.
five years. The Manpower Administration has
the only one of these programs which comes close to follow
ing the Civil Service Guidelines for upward mobility.
The organization of EEO in the Department is frag
mented and not placed at a sufficiently high level to have
are concerned with the workingman, minorities and the dis
advantaged, and the Department is responsible for enforcing
EEO standards among government contractors, State employ
ment agencies, and agency-funded programs.
must make the same requirements of itself as it does of
others in order to have credibility while carrying out its
Recent disturbances at HUD and HEW, agencies with con
stituencies similar to the Department of Labor's, indicate
that the internal EEO status of a government agency does
affect its community stature and efforts.
action must be taken by the Department to avoid similar
An effective EEO program would result in the