Promoting Equality and Belonging: DAS' Equal Opportunity Office


In today's increasingly diverse and inclusive world, organizations play a pivotal role in fostering equality and ensuring fair employment practices. Here at the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS), we recognize the importance of creating an inclusive work environment and championing these values through the DAS Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office.


The DAS EEO Office helps ensure that the agency complies with federal, state, and local affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, as well as the agency’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. The DAS EEO Office serves as the department's central resource for promoting equal employment practices and addressing any concerns or complaints related to discrimination or harassment based on a protected class.


Key Responsibilities of the DAS EEO Office:


  • Policy Development and Implementation: The DAS EEO Office plays a vital role in developing and implementing policies that ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and prevent discrimination. These policies provide guidance to employees and supervisors, ensuring that hiring practices, promotions, and workplace decisions are fair, unbiased, and based on merit.

  • Outreach, Training, and Education: The EEO Office conducts training programs and workshops to raise awareness about equal employment practices, diversity, and belonging. These initiatives aim to educate employees about their rights, foster a culture of respect, and provide strategies for preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

  • Complaint Investigation and Resolution: In cases where discrimination or harassment allegations arise based on legally protected classes, the DAS EEO Office conducts thorough and impartial investigations. They ensure that complaints are handled promptly and fairly, protecting the rights of the individuals involved and taking appropriate corrective actions when necessary.

  • EEO & Affirmative Action Compliance: The EEO Office also oversees the department's compliance with affirmative action reporting requirements. In partnership with agency leadership, the EEO team develop strategies and initiatives to increase diversity in the workforce, monitor progress, and report on the department's efforts to promote equal opportunity and representation.

The Importance of the DAS EEO Office:


  • Creating an Inclusive Work Environment: The presence of a dedicated EEO Office within the DAS demonstrates the department's commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment where employees feel valued, respected, and free from discrimination. This commitment enhances employee morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.


  • Preventing Discrimination and Harassment: By proactively addressing discrimination and harassment claims, the EEO Office helps prevent potential legal disputes, protects the rights of employees, and maintains a safe and respectful workplace. Their efforts contribute to a positive organizational culture that values diversity and embraces equality and  belonging.

  • Ensuring Compliance with Legal Requirements: The EEO Office ensures that the DAS meets its legal obligations regarding equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and anti-discrimination laws. 


  • Promoting Diversity and Innovation: A diverse workforce brings together different perspectives, experiences, and ideas, leading to enhanced creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. By promoting equal employment opportunities, the DAS EEO Office contributes to building a dynamic and inclusive workforce that drives success and positive change.


DAS’ Equal Employment Opportunity Office plays a crucial role in promoting equality, preventing discrimination, and fostering an inclusive work environment within the department. By developing and implementing policies, providing training and education, investigating complaints, and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, the EEO Office upholds the values of equality, fairness, and respect. Their efforts contribute to a more diverse, inclusive, and harmonious workplace, where every employee can thrive and contribute their unique talents. In embracing the principles of equal employment opportunity, the DAS sets an example for other organizations and helps build a society that values and celebrates diversity in all its forms.


All DAS employees have the shared responsibility to promote affirmative action and provide equal opportunity.