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Equal Opportunity

Office of General Counsel - Equal Opportunity Section


The Equal Opportunity Section of  the Office of the General Counsel is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and assuring statewide compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and policies relating to provision of equal opportunities in employment and accessible services.

Policy Statement

The Department of Health assures to each applicant or employee an equal employment opportunity without regard to a person's age, race, color, sex, religious creed, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, marital status or disability except as provided by law or when such requirement constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to perform the tasks associated with the position.  Such equal employment opportunity will be attained using both objective and subjective merit principles and shall apply to agency practices relating to recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, demotion, compensation, retention, discipline, separation, or other employment practices.

The Department of Health assures equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in service delivery.  No person shall on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion or sex be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance and administered by the department.

No person shall be retaliated against, harassed, intimidated, threatened, coerced or discriminated against for making a charge, testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing, or for opposing alleged unlawful discriminatory practices prohibited by this policy or related to state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

For more information about a particiular policy, the policies are listed below.

Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations

Equal Employment Opportunity

Methods of Administration, Equal Opportunity in Service Delivery

Sexual Harassment

Assurance of Compliance Form

Additional Resources

Forms and Checklists

Civil Rights Compliance Checklist -  This form is completed annually by all contracted service providers and submitted to the contract manager who then submits the form to their EEO Coordinator by July 15 of each year. This form is also completed by each county health department, hospital, local program and program office and submitted to their EEO Coordinator by July 15 of each year. This form may be saved as a word document and then mailed or emailed to the appropriate individual.

Accommodation Decision Form

Accommodation Recommendation Form

Accommodation Request Form

Discrimination Complaint Form

Instructions - Discrimination Complaint Form English Spanish


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR)

Florida Commission on Human Relations

U.S. Department of Justice

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