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Discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, political opinion, national or social origin, and other grounds can create significant obstacles to actively participating in the labor force and obtaining decent work opportunities. Breaking down these barriers begins with the adoption and implementation of strong anti-discrimination labor laws, coupled with awareness-raising and equal access to education and training.

Our Strategy

We advocate for non-discrimination, promote effective policy and program approaches in international fora, and report regularly on the U.S. government's progress in achieving non-discrimination in the workplace.

By promoting effective methods and sharing best practices in international dialogues on eliminating workplace discrimination, we strive to increase the labor force participation and improve the work environment of groups vulnerable to discrimination.

Additionally, we regularly report on the progress of the U.S. government in eliminating workplace discrimination domestically. We compile this information for the government's regular reporting, pursuant to the ILO 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, on the extent to which our government gives effect to the principles of non-discrimination reflected in ILO Conventions 100 (Equal Remuneration) and 111 (Discrimination in Employment and Occupation). We also contribute to regular reporting on compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which the United States ratified in 1994.


  • The elimination of employment discrimination.
  • Increased inclusive economic growth as a result of decreased discrimination in employment.