General Lab Information

An inclusive environment and diverse workforce are crucial for Brookhaven National Laboratory to successfully pursue its mission on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Innovation requires a work environment that promotes diversity of thought and perspective, allowing employees to feel valued and to flourish through an inclusive work environment. The Laboratory promotes equity to ensure that historically underrepresented or underserved people have the opportunity to grow, contribute, and develop. We do this by ensuring consistency in our employment practices, and by promoting collaboration, and fairness.


The DEI Office maintains virtual office hours for Laboratory employees, users, students, interns, and guests. Anyone can use this time to ask questions, seek clarification, and increase familiarity with the DEIA progam. Please feel free to join us Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Login to the Laboratory network to see the Zoom link to join.) Walk-ins also welcomed weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employee Resource Groups

To help attract and retain a diverse workforce, the Lab provides financial and structural support to Employee Resource Groups. These include the African American Advancement Group, the Asian Pacific American Association, the Brookhaven Veterans Association, Brookhaven Women in Science, the Early Career Resource Group, the Hispanic Heritage Group, and the Pride Alliance.

Laboratory Diversity Policies

Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy

BSA strictly prohibits harassment and unlawful conduct including any act of sexual harassment towards any other employee, supervisor, non-supervisor, vendor, contractor, subcontractor, user, student, or any other guest or visitor. Conference Anti-harassment Policy Poster

Brookhaven Veterans Policy

As a federal contractor, the Laboratory is required to take affirmative action in employment for qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified veterans.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Policy 

Fair treatment and equal opportunity for all employees in an environment free from harassment is regarded as the Laboratory's way of doing business.

Respectful Workplace Policy

Everyone in the Lab community should demonstrate respect through common courtesy and civility, and expect to be treated the same way in return.

Anti-Retaliation Policy

Employees must not be subjected to abuse, derogatory comments, or slurs relating to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or medical condition.

Workplace Lactation Program

The Laboratory provides a supportive environment to enable breastfeeding employees to express their milk during working hours.

DOE Diversity Policies

DOE Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Equal employment is not only the law, but a fundamental business practice which helps us to achieve our mission of growing our Nation's economy, and enhancing national security.

DOE Diversity and Inclusion Mission

Our mission is to identify and implement ways of ensuring that everyone is afforded an opportunity to participate fully in the Department's programs, opportunities, and resources.

Protecting Civil Rights at DOE

The Department of Energy is a model employer known for its commitment to equal opportunity for all, its cultivation of a high-performing workforce, its promotion of accountability, and its focus on treating its employees with dignity and respect.