The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to improving the well-being of underserved, marginalized and excluded communities.
We recognize that by doing so we improve working conditions and economic opportunities for all workers. This page describes the department’s commitment to fulfilling that goal, meeting the historic vision shared by President Biden in Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities.
Secretary Walsh introduces the department's Equity Action Plan
Watch Labor Secretary Marty Walsh introduce the plan, reflect on the progress we've made to date and explain why embedding equity in everything the department does is critical to unlocking economic opportunities for everyone.
Read our Equity Action Plan
The department's Equity Action Plan, released in April 2022, summarizes the early actions we have taken to support marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities, and the steps we're continuing to take to advance equity across the department.
- Executive Summary
- Mission and Introduction
- Summary of Early Accomplishments
- Equity Action Plan for Protection of Workers' Wage and Hour Rights
- Equity Action Plan for Unemployment Insurance
- Equity Action Plan for Improving Language Access
- Equity Action Plan for Workforce Training
- Equity Action Plan for Government Apprenticeships
Our approach to equity
Read more about our approach for advancing equity for underserved communities across the department and America's workforce. >>
Learn how we're centering the most disadvantaged communities in our work, and how it benefits all of us >>
By the numbers: How we’re advancing equity across the Department of Labor >>
Share your feedback
We want to hear from you about your reactions to our Equity Action Plan and how well it meets our goals of better supporting marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities. We'll also be announcing more opportunities to share input on the plan in the coming months.
Executive Order 13985
Read more about the executive order launching this initiative.
Bearing the Cost Report
Read more about the impact of the pandemic on women workers.
UI Navigator Grants
Read more about our pilot grant program to help more workers access unemployment insurance benefits.
Honoring and Protecting Farmworkers
Read about how we joined others to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week.
Creating New Data to Understand Equity in Department of Labor Programs
Read more about how we're using data and research to make our programs more equitable.
White House Equity Landing Page
Learn more about the Biden-Harris Administration's Equity Agenda.