The Arizona Department of Economic Security is committed to an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to services in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, the Arizona Department of Economic Security commits itself to a policy of non-discrimination as follows:
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security has developed this policy to ensure that all its clients can apply for and receive services in an environment free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all clients are familiar with this policy and aware that any complaint of violation of such policies will be investigated and resolved appropriately.
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security Equal Opportunity Policy is posted online, as well as on bulletin boards in all Arizona Department of Economic Security facilities.
- All forms shall include the phrase:
“The Department prohibits discrimination in admissions, programs, services, activities, or employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics and retaliation.”
The Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. To ensure the dissemination and implementation of the Equal Opportunity Policy throughout all levels of the Department, Kerry Bernard shall serve as the Equal Opportunity Administrator for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Kerry Bernard may be contacted at (602) 364-3976 or at KBernard@azdes.gov.
Any client who has any questions or concerns about this policy should speak with the Arizona Department of Economic Security Office of Equal Opportunity at 602-364-3976. If you feel you have been discriminated against by DES, refer to the following document to learn how to begin the complaint process:
The Department of Economic Security does not discriminate against any applicant or recipient of its programs, services, or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. DES prohibits discrimination against any person on any basis protected by the law in its programs, services, and activities, whether carried out by DES directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which DES carries out its programs and activities.