Rural Development Employees are also directed to ensure that recipients of Federal

financial assistance use the following nondiscrimination statement on all printed

materials, such as outreach materials, handouts, posters, etc.:


“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this

institution is prohibited from discriminating against its customers, employees, and

applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex,

gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status,

familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is

derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in

employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not

all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the

USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at, or at any USDA office, or call

(866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the

information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by

mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400

Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or

email at


Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and you wish to file

either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay

Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).


Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information

above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means

of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)

please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).”


If the printed material is too small to contain the full statement, it must, at a minimum,

include the statement (in print size no smaller than the text), “This institution is an equal

opportunity provider.”


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