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On May 15, 2002, then-President Bush signed into law the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act to increase federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees. The No FEAR Act became effective on October 1, 2003.

This act requires that federal agencies post on their public Web sites certain summary statistical data relating to equal employment opportunity complaints filed against the respective agencies.

The State Department’s public website contains this statistical information in accordance with the No FEAR Act. This data is updated on a quarterly basis. Download and read the latest report.

Appendix 5 – Sexual Harassment Policy 
Appendix 12 – No FEAR Act 

For questions concerning this data, please contact the Office of Civil Rights at

For information regarding the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, including the Department’s obligations regarding the implementation and enforcement of nondisclosure agreements consistent with federal whistleblower protections, visit the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act page.

Notifications of Violations Posted Pursuant to the Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2020

The Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2020 (Cummings Act) amends the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act of 2002 to strengthen federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and expands accountability within federal agencies. The Cummings Act requires federal agencies to post notification of a finding of discrimination that has been made against the agency. The notification must be linked directly from the agency’s public internet website for a period of one year. Accordingly, the Department of State will post notices of violations on this page to ensure compliance with the Cummings Act.

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