Fundamental Rights Protection

Nondiscrimination, Affirmative Action in the Workplace

The Lab is committed to nondiscrimination in employment. The Lab does not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the Laboratory on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994). 

Our policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal laws and other Laboratory policies.  

This applies to all personnel actions, including hiring, transfer, training, promotion, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Refer to the Lab policy at this link:

Abusive Conduct In the Workplace 

The Lab is committed to fostering a welcoming workplace for all.

The University of California (“University”) is committed to promoting and maintaining a healthy working environment in which every individual is treated with respect. This policy addresses the University’s responsibilities and procedures related to Abusive Conduct and Retaliation for reporting, or participating in, an investigation or other process provided for in this policy. This policy will be implemented in a manner that recognizes rights to freedom of speech and expression. However, freedom of speech and academic freedom are not limitless and, for example, do not protect speech or expressive conduct that violates federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Abusive Conduct in violation of this policy is prohibited and will not be tolerated. The University encourages anyone who is subjected to or becomes aware of Abusive Conduct to promptly report it. Managers and supervisors who observe or become aware of Abusive Conduct have response and reporting obligations. Chairs and Deans, among others, are considered managers and supervisors. The University will respond to reports of Abusive Conduct in accordance with timelines set forth in this policy, and will take appropriate action to stop, prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that violates this policy.

Refer to the Lab policy at this link:

Standards of Ethical Conduct

At Berkeley Lab, diversity of people and thought is part of our unique social fabric and a key to our research success. It is also a daily and personal commitment and an expectation. Each employee has a role to play.  We respect the differences in our workplace community.  We believe in the Laboratory’s mission to share the benefits of scientific discovery with the world.  

In doing so, our actions are guided by the following principles:

We are stronger as a group when our uniqueness is valued.

We are concerned about others.

We believe in fairness for all.  Standards of Ethical Conduct

Please refer to the following link for further Lab policy protections:

University of California Principles of Community

The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) is committed to promoting an environment that supports every person in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, professionalism, and fairness. Realization of this commitment requires awareness and active participation by every member of our community.

Refer to UC policies at this link:

State of California Protections

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations and from hate violence and human trafficking.

Refer to DFEH resources at this link:

DFEH Sexual Harassment Poster

United States Employment Protections

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Federal Laws protecting employees against employment discrimination when it involves:

Refer to the Federal protections at this link: