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Division of Equal Opportunity Development (DEOD)

The Division of Equal Opportunity Development operates under the direction of the Commissioner of Labor. The mission of the Division of Equal Opportunity Development is to:

  • Develop and administer programs for
    • Affirmative Action
    • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Promote Equal Opportunity
  • Ensure there is no discrimination in Labor Department policies and practices, both:
    • Internal
    • External
  • Administer the Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program

The Department is committed to diversity. We take affirmative action steps to ensure that all programs are open to all New Yorkers, regardless of: race, creed, color, gender, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Where are we located

The Division of Equal Opportunity Development monitors both State and Federal programs. We have offices and staff located in:

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • New York City Area

What we can do for you

To help ensure equality in the workplace and the delivery of customer services, we oversee the following program areas:

  • Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Universal Access
  • Review Unemployment Insurance (UI) Discrimination Complaints
  • Minority and Women-owned Businesses (www.esd.ny.gov)
  • Federal Workforce Investment Act monitoring and audits of One-Stop Centers

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