Fundamental Rights Protection

Nondiscrimination Lab Policy

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: https://commons.lbl.gov/display/rpm2/Discrimination%2C+Harassment%2C+and+Affirmative+Action+in+the+Workplace

Additional Lab Protections

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:

  • Listen to others and encourage collaboration.

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

  • Reach out if you see someone confused or in need.

We are concerned about others.

  • Treat others with respect.

We believe in fairness for all. Standards of Ethical Conduct


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

https://commons.lbl.gov/display/rpm2/Policy+Area+-+Work+Environment

University of California Protections

University of California Office of the President's 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: https://www.ucop.edu/human-resources/staff/employee-relations-staff/discrimination-harassment-sexual-violence-prevention-and-resolution.html

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: https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Employment/

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:

  • Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

  • Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

  • Denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation that you need because of your religious beliefs or disability.

  • Retaliation because you complained about job discrimination, or assisted with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Refer to the Federal protections at this link: https://www.eeoc.gov/overview