The purpose of an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) statement is to comply with EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) law but there’s also a marketing aspect to it. The words in your EEO statement (which often appear in all your job postings) are also words that a candidate will measure you by.
That’s why I ran every EEO statement below through Ongig’s Text Analyzer software to make sure they were gender-neutral and inclusive.
In fact, many employers are adding hot new diversity-related words into their EEO statements such as “inclusive”, “LGBT” and “gender identity”.
On the flipside, if your words are too compliance-heavy, you’ll be interpreted as conservative or stodgy.
If you want to write more inclusive content, you can also try these 4 Diversity tools.
I looked at EEO statement samples from 10 employers that could help you improve or create your own EEO statement. If you’d like to see a sample EEO statement with “inclusion” language added to it, check out 10 Examples of Awesome Inclusion Statements.
Table of Contents
- E&J Gallo Winery
- U.S. Federal Government
- IMP Group
- Under Armour
- Code For America
- Cupertino Electric
- EEO Policy Samples
- Equal Opportunity Policy Statement Templates
Here are the 16 samples of an effective EEO Statement:
SurveyMonkey EEO Statement
I lead with SurveyMonkey because tennis star Serena Williams recently joined their board to help improve their diversity hiring; and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg is also on their board and has a lot of energy around hiring women.
They take a short-and-sweet non-legalese approach and mention 2 key words: “diversity” and “inclusive”.
“SurveyMonkey is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.”
E&J Gallo Winery EEO Statement
If you want to use the fewest EEO words possible and yet still likely be in compliance to work as a contractor or sub-contractor with the U.S. government (see Section 60-1.41 of the EEOC law on job advertisements), you can do what the Gallo wine company does in their job postings — they simply insert these 3 words at the bottom of every job:
“Equal Opportunity Employer”
Note: Gallo has a bunch of additional details on diversity on the rest of their GalloCareers web site.
Google EEO Statement
Notice how Google uses the first person language (we, our, etc.) and stands out for using positive words such as “celebrate” and “thrive”.
“At Google, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our community. Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.”
U.S. Federal Government EEO Statement
You might not think of the Federal Government as modern or progressive but they were among the early major employers to include mention of “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in their own jobs’ EEO statements:
“The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.”
This is a controversial topic — The Human Rights Campaign called out the Department of Commerce for later deleting any mention of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Dell EEO Statement
Dell throws in the kitchen-sink of areas they don’t discriminate against and I applaud them for being so inclusive. One challenge with this approach is that the list of types of people they welcome will keep getting longer and unwieldy as new topics like gender and sexual orientation (both of which they have) arise.
“Dell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Dell is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Dell are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Dell will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.”
Facebook EEO Statement
Facebook’s EEO is pretty standard but I include it here because they include both an email address and phone number for disabled candidates.
“Facebook is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call us at 1+650-308-7837.”
Zayo EEO Statement
I include Zayo’s EEO statement because they add the less-used line about merit: All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.”
“Zayo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Zayo does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.”
Tesla EEO Statement
Tesla’s EEO statement is contrarian just like them. They say that not only do they hire based on merit, but they fire based on merit. Everything is based on merit!
“Tesla is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.”
IMP Group International EEO Statement
Leading off with “Our goal” is unique. It’s both first-person (Our) and mentions that it’s their goal (implying that they’re working towards progress on diversity). They also mention “diverse” in their open line which immediately differentiates themselves from other EEO statements that jump right into legalese.
“Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. IMP Group Ltd. has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotian’s and Other Racially Visible People, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on either your application form, covering letter or resume.”
Comcast EEO Statement
Don’t you think mentioning LGBT as one of just 9 words in their EEO statement might win over the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) community? I do.
“Comcast is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT employer”
Under Armour EEO Statement
UnderArmour’s EEO statement mentions “respect” and “teammates” in its opening sentence — those are positive words that are rarely seen in an EEO statement.
“At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.”
Textio EEO Statement
This EEO statement might be my favorite of all. It’s written in Plain English, mostly first person and drops all legalese. It also answers the question “Why” (the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be).
“Textio embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.”
UBS EEO Statement
UBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce.
Code for America EEO Statement
Code for America is an example of a 2-pronged EEO statement. Their first sentence uses affirmative language (“Code for America values a diverse workplace…” They follow that up with a second paragraph that has more of the kitchen sink EEO Statement in which they mention all the groups of people that will not be discriminated
Code for America values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.
Code for America is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.
Cupertino Electric EEO Statement
Cupertino jazzes up the otherwise boring EEO language used by many other employers. Check out how they say that they are “proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer” and that they “celebrate” diversity. Sometimes adding just one or 2 power words like that makes all the difference:
Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.
This one is unique because ADP combines their EEO statement with their Diversity Statement:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity at ADP: ADP affirms that inequality is detrimental to our associates, our clients, and the communities we serve. Our goal is to impact lasting change through our actions. Together, we unite for equality and equity. ADP is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of any protected characteristic, including race, color, genetic information, creed, national origin, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lawful alien status, ancestry, age, marital status, or protected veteran status and will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a disability. We support an inclusive workplace where associates excel based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.
Kubra EEO Statement
This one catches my eye because they combine the EEO with “accommodation” language in one paragraph:
“KUBRA is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. We will provide accommodations during the recruitment process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.”
Ongig EEO Statement
I also wrote this one which I’ve used for Ongig’s own jobs. It’s EEOC compliant so that Ongig can work with the government:
“We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.”
3 Mistakes to Avoid in an EEO Statement
1. Don’t Use the “Kitchen Sink” approach and THEN leave someone out — Take Wells Fargo, for example. Their EEO Statement is:
Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.
— that sounds all well and good but compare it to Dell’s list of groups they want to be inclusive with:
“race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status”
…by comparison, Wells Fargo looks like they are EXCLUDING some groups (e.g. age, marital, domestic partnership, HIV Status)
2. Don’t Sound Like an Outsider Wrote Your EEO — — Here is TuSimple’s EEO statement:
TuSimple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.”)
— Do you notice how the “This company” sounds so formal. Did an employee even write this EEO?
3. Don’t repeat yourself...Amazon’s EEO has 2 statements at the end of job postings saying the same thing:
“We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success and we make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation…
— Tha shows a lack of care about the EEO wording and a waste of the reader’s time.
EEO Policy Examples
Some companies also have an Equal Policy (usually a longer-form version of an EEO statement). They are often signed by the CEO or leader of an organization. Here are 4 examples:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EEO Policy Statement
The EPA’s Equal Opportunity Policy is quite long, so I took a screenshot:
Deloitte’s EEO Policy Statement
Below is a letter from Deloitte’s CEO on their Equal Opportunity Policy:
United States Department of Agriculture’s Civil Rights & EEO Policy Statement
The USDA has a dual civil rights and EEO policy statement:
USPS EEO Policy Statement
Here’s the plain text of the United States Postal Service’s EEO Policy Statement in case you want to borrow pieces of it for your own:
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
The United States Postal Service® (Postal ServiceTM) reaffirms its long-standing commitment to equality of opportunity in every aspect of employment. Equal employment opportunity (EEO) is not only a legal requirement under our
nation’s laws, but also a business imperative. EEO is a critical component of the Postal Service’s efforts to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified, diverse workforce to support our organization’s strategic mission
of delivering to every household in America.
It is the policy of the Postal Service that all employees and applicants for employment be afforded equal opportunities in employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity
including transgender status), national origin, religion, age (40 or over), genetic information, disability, or retaliation for engaging in an EEO-protected activity. As part of its program of equal employment opportunity, the
Postal Service prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories. In addition, it is also the policy of the Postal Service to prohibit discrimination or harassment based on marital status, status as a parent
and past, present, or future military service. All employees must refrain from practicing or tolerating discrimination or harassment.
Employees found to have taken actions that violate this policy and our country’s EEO laws may be subject to corrective action up to and including removal from the Postal Service.
All of us, executives, managers, supervisors, and employees, share in the responsibility for successfully incorporating the Postal Service’s policy on equal employment opportunity in every aspect of our duties and
complying with this country’s EEO laws.
MEGAN J. BRENNAN
Posmaster General, CEO
Equal Opportunity Policy Statement Templates
Here are 3 EEO Policy Statement templates that might help you create your own:
- SHRM’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy template
- UT County Technical Assistance Service’s Equal Opportunity Employer Policy (EEO policy statement) template
- Kansas DOT’s EEO Policy template
Note: If you find this article interesting you might also find this one useful: 10 Examples of Awesome Diversity Statements.
Legal Note: You should talk with own attorneys/counsel about what compliance language is necessary for your own EEO statements in job postings.
Why I wrote this?
The reason I care so much about EEO statements is that they are a common element of job descriptions. And Ongig’s mission is to transform your job descriptions to boost candidate applications and diversity. Give me a shout if you’d like to see how Ongig’s Text Analyzer helps you write the best EEO statements and every other part of your job descriptions.
It’s not just about compliance…it’s about who you are and who you want to be.