Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination at CIA
Message from the Director: Zero Tolerance for Harassment and Discrimination
We are all responsible for promoting a workplace free of harassment and discrimination that upholds our laws and values as Americans, allows all our officers to reach their full potential, and enables our Agency to meet its critical intelligence mission. There is never an excuse to depart from those standards, and that is why we enforce a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and discrimination at CIA.
Words or actions that harm a colleague and undermine his or her career are more than just unprofessional, painful, and wrong—they are illegal and hurt us all. Victims of harassment and discrimination are distracted from our Agency’s crucial work, depriving CIA of the full benefit of our officers’ talents, knowledge, and experience.
I am personally committed to the zero-tolerance policy, and I expect every one of you to be, too. If you feel you are being harassed or discriminated against, you should immediately report the behavior to your supervisor or representative from our Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO), which provides guidance on and oversight of the complaint process. If you witness harassment or discrimination, you must act by stopping it or reporting the behavior immediately to your supervisor or EEO representative. In both situations, you have my assurance that I and my senior leadership team will not tolerate any acts of reprisal. We will hold all managers accountable for living by and promoting our zero-tolerance policy.
As we undertake our work, we owe the American people nothing less than to honor our Agency’s core values: those of service, integrity, and excellence. Harassment and discriminatory practices are incompatible with our Agency’s mission and simply have no place at CIA.