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Discrimination, harassment hot line available

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- The Air Force's hot line for reporting unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment remains open for business.

The quickest method to resolve complaints is by visiting the local base military equal opportunity or the equal employment office, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

"But the hot line is here for anyone who thinks they need to call, whenever they need to call," said Greg Den Herder, the personnel center's executive director.

"We take the Air Force's 'zero-tolerance' policy for sexual harassment and discrimination very seriously," said Lt. Col. Lee Shick, chief of center’s field activities.

The phone numbers are toll free (800) 616-3775, DSN 665-5000 or commercial (210) 565-5000. People overseas without easy access to overseas lines can e-mail contact.center@randolph.af.mil, visit www.afpc.randolph.af.mil to send Web mail or chat live with a customer service representative. Letters can also be sent to the MEO office at HQ AFPC/DPSFOS, 550 C Street West Post K, Randolph AFB, TX 78150.

Officials said they accept calls from active-duty airmen, their family members, retirees, civilian employees and cadets at Air Force commissioning sources.

Callers with a discrimination or sexual-harassment concern are forwarded to a qualified military equal opportunity counselor. The counselor explains the options to pursue a complaint. All complaints are channeled to the proper authority, officials said.

Cases can be referred for investigation -- in most cases to the local commander and MEO or EEO office officials.

Counselors take calls Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. After hours voice mail takes messages. Counselors return phone calls the following duty day, officials said. For emergencies, people should contact a supervisor, commander, command post or the police, officials said. (Courtesy of AFPC News Service)

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