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POSH Guide: Sex Discrimination
Sex Discrimination
Any practice or policy which results in differential treatment of an individual because of his or her gender.
Sex Discrimination at work
Showing favoritism toward or bias against any worker because of gender.

Bona fide Occupational Qualification

An exception to the requirement of equal treatment without regard to sex is permissible only if gender is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), which means sex, is necessary for authenticity, genuineness, or the normal operation of the job (wet nurse).

Except in specific examples, one may assume that gender is not a BFOQ.

An employer cannot claim that only a man can be hired as a department head because the employer believes employees take direction better from a man, or that only a woman can be hired as a flight attendant because the employer thinks the public expects a woman in that job.

Employee's Guide to Preventing Sexual Harassment Table of Contents

DoDEA Americas DMEO Contacts

DMEO Program Manager

Phone: 678-364-6655
Blackberry: 678-554-9687
Fax: 770-632-8720

DMEO Counselor

Phone: 678-364-8013
Fax: 770-632-8720

Employees and applicants must contact the EEO Office at: 700 Westpark Drive, 3rd Floor, Peachtree City, GA 30269 (phone numbers above), within 45 days of the discriminating act to begin complaint counseling. EEO counselors assigned to process informal complaints are appointed by the EEO Chief. They are not advocates for management or the complainant, but serve as an impartial third party.


DoDEA Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (DMEO) Program

EEO Complaint Process

Quick Reference Guide for Managers - Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Allegations

DoDEA EEO Policy

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

DoDEA EEO Regulation 5713.9

EEOC Regulations on Federal Sector EEO, 29 C.F.R. Part 1614

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Website