The number of civil rights complaints at the State Department rose sharply to 216 in 2018, up from 170 the previous year.
Complaints included accusations of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age and other factors, an Equal Employment Opportunity report shows.
The State Department’s Office of Civil Rights touts the importance of diversity. Its website states:
At the Department of State, diversity is not just a worthy cause: it is a business necessity. Diversity of experience and background helps Department employees in the work of diplomacy. The Secretary believes that diversity is extremely important in making the State Department an employer of choice.