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Equal Employment Program protects each of us from discrimination in employment, promotion, training and other personnel actions regardless of race, color, religion, gender including sexual harassment, national origin, age, mental and/or physical disability, or reprisal (for participating in protected EEO activity).

Who is covered?

EEO is for EVERYONE (not solely for protected groups); it’s the LAW!

If you are New York National Guard technician or military personnel, applicant for technician or military employment, and feel you are being discriminated against, please contact the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM) office for assistance.


Independence Day - (July 4th)

Fun Facts:

On the 237th anniversary of our independence from Great Britain, here are some fun facts about the Fourth of July to share with your friends and family:

John Hancock  - President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space making it the largest and most famous signature — hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature.

A Truly Young Nation - The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina.  The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

An Act of Treason -  After signing the Declaration, John Hancock remarked that Congress must now “all hang together”.  Benjamin Franklin replied, “Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Enjoy Your Day Off Without Pay - Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. (In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday)

Our Nation Has Grown - There were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in 1776. Total U.S. population in 2014 was over 318 million.

The Liberty Bell Tap - Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

 Local 4th of July Events:

Empire State Plaza Fireworks July 4th


Fireworks in the Saratoga Springs Area Fire Works


July 4th Celebration at Clifton Park Commons



References:   http://interviewangel.com/17-fun-facts-about-the-fourth-of-july/



Women’s Equality Day

“Celebrating Women’s Rights to Vote”

(26 August 2015)

Women’s Equality Day commemorates American women achieving full voting rights under the U.S. Constitution by passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This historic event was the culmination of a massive civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848. The women’s suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the U.S. Congress on January 10, 1878.

Over the following decades, the suffragists spent their time lobbying states to have the amendment ratified by the required two-thirds of the states:


  • August 26, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserved all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • A provision of the Army Reorganization Act grants military nurses the status of officers with “relative rank” from second lieutenant to major.  Although the act allows Army nurses to wear the insignia of the relative rank, the secretary of war does not prescribe full rights and privileges, such as base pay, for nurses equal to that of an officer of comparable grade.


  • President Roosevelt signs the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law. For the first time, the federal government guarantees men and women a minimum wage and overtime pay, extending basic workplace protections to all—an important step forward for the labor movement and for women’s equality. The FLSA comes after years of negotiations spearheaded by Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet member in U.S. history.


  • President Harry Truman signs into law the Women’s Armed Services
  • Integration Act, granting women permanent status in the Regular and Reserve forces of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as the newly created Air Force.


  • The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) is created to advise on the recruitment of military women for the Korean War. DACOWITS’ recommendations will be instrumental in effecting changes to laws and policies pertaining to military women.


  • President John Kennedy establishes the President's Commission on the Status of Women to explore women’s issues. He appoints Eleanor Roosevelt to chair the commission. The commission documents substantial discrimination against women in the workplace and makes specific recommendations for improvement, including fair hiring practices, paid maternity leave, and affordable child care.


  • The Supreme Court rules that inequities on benefits for the dependents of military women are unconstitutional. Previously, military women with dependents were not authorized housing nor were their dependents eligible for the benefits, such as medical benefits, afforded the dependents of male military members.


  • The first women graduate from the service academies as a result of Public Law 94-106, signed by President Gerald Ford. Sixty-six percent of the women in the first coeducational classes graduated—comparable to 70 percent of the men, whose attrition rate due to academic failure was twice that of the women.
  • The Supreme Court overturns a law stating that a husband is “head and master” of a women’s property. Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.


  • The USS Eisenhower is the first carrier to have permanent women crew members. Sixty-three women are initially assigned.

Reference:   https://www.deomi.org/









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