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Equal Employment Opportunity

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center

The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center fully supports the principles and efforts outlined in the Secretary of Veteran Affairs EEO, Diversity and Inclusion, No FEAR and Whistleblower Rights and Protection Policy Statement by maintaining a welcoming, safe environment for our Veterans and a safe, inclusive, equitable work environment for our employees.

I am committed to equal employment opportunity, maintaining a workplace free of harassment, and discrimination where equal opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, transgender status and sexual orientation), pregnancy, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or political affiliation. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, reassignments, training and career development, benefits and separation. Additionally, we will foster a fair and inclusive workplace where the diverse perspectives and experiences of all employees are valued and ensure all applicable laws, regulations, executive orders, management directives, and organizational policies are vigorously enforced.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment may contact an ORMDI EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of the event or act alleged to be discriminatory to initiate the complaint process.

Individuals may also contact James Craig Wingate, EEO Program Manager at or Adana Hooten EEO Program Specialist at to discuss these events and obtain further information regarding their EEO rights, related processes and procedures. Allegations of discrimination may also be reported to any management official or Bargaining Unit Representative.

All managers and supervisors are accountable for maintaining a safe and civil work environment. The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center employees are collectively responsible for cultivating and sustaining a high- performing organization where diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and are expected to adhere to laws and policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Derek Coughenour, PT, DPT, MPM, CLD, VHA-CM
Medical Center Director

An employee, former employee, and/or applicant for employment who believes discrimination occurred on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (over 40), disability (mental or physical), or reprisal based on prior EEO activity may initiate the discrimination complaint process by contacting an EEO Counselor within 45 days of the date of the alleged act of discrimination by calling 1-. Although not EEO, the Harassment Prevention Program may be reached at the same number, listen to options.

Reasonable Accommodation Handbook 5975.1
EEO and Discrimination Complaint Process 5977
VA Handbook 5979 dated Mar 2022
EEOC's Definition of Harassment
VA Secretary EEO, D&I, and Whistleblower Policy
Non-discrimination in Federally Conducted Training and External Programs 1019
Equal Employment Opportunity 1124
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) 5978
Limited English Proficiency and Language Access

Staff Contacts

Craig Wingate,
Altoona/VISN 4 EEO

Adana M Hooten, LCSW
EEO Specialist
Office 814.943.8164  x14123