The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Accommodation Services

The George Washington University (GW) promotes equal employment by ensuring equitable outcomes in all areas of employment related to recruitment, selection and employment. GW works to promote and maintain a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment and prohibits impartial treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO) ensures all applicants, staff, faculty and visitors are afforded reasonable religious and medical accommodations and equal access to all campus sponsored events to maintain an equitable work environment, in accordance with Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), through the interactive process. The interactive process is a discussion with the employee, medical provider and manager to ensure the employee receives the most appropriate accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

GW’s EEO provides consultative services to assist staff, faculty and visitors by providing and coordinating disability and religious reasonable accommodations, in accordance with Title 1 of the ADAAA. Please visit EEO’s website for more information.

Resources for Employees and Potential Employees

Sign Language Interpreters

EEO uses a combination of reputable local interpreting services and university employed qualified interpreters to provide timely and professional services. Our office may also help in securing access to assistive listening devices, when needed.

Alternate Parking Spaces

To ensure all university programs and services are accessible to employees and potential employees, the EEO office partners with Transportation and Parking Services to provide alternate parking garages, regular/van accessible parking spaces, and, if necessary, reserved parking spaces for individuals with qualified disabilities.

Work Accomodations

Through the interactive process, the EEO office consults with medical providers, experts and departmental representatives to discover the most appropriate workplace accommodation without imposing an undue hardship on the departmental unit. The EEO office adheres to the ADA, providing the accommodations required by the regulations.

Equipment

The EEO office can help with securing equipment to assist employees and potential employees in performing their work-related activities. Our office has a limited collection of assistive equipment for immediate use or we can order equipment from local vendors. Some common equipment may include alternative input devices, ergonomic workspace equipment and software.

Jobs Accommodations Network (JAN)

The EEO office recommends individuals with disabilities, family members, caretakers, managers, campus visitors and any other interested party become familiar with the JAN website. This is our primary resource for free advice on workplace accommodations and disability issues, by providing general and one-on-one guidance.