There is a lack of transparency and information on the status of DEI within outdoor companies and part of this problem is the lack of information on the working conditions for employees who identify as belonging to the following 8 protected classes under EEOC law: race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age (above 40 and older), genetic information and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy).

If you have experienced or know of situations involving others in your current or past employment with a for profit outdoor company, please fill out this form in its entirety. The information you provide will be held in strict confidence unless you direct us otherwise.

If you have any questions in completing this survey, please email Marinel M. de Jesus, Esq., founder of Brown Gal Trekker & Peak Explorations, LLC. via email:

Here's what you need to know (source EEOC website)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.

The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.

The laws enforced by EEOC protect you from employment discrimination when it involves:

1. Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.

2. Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sal orientation), national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.

3. Denial of a reasonable workplace change that you need because of your religious beliefs or disability.

4. Improper questions about or disclosure of your genetic information or medical information.

5. Retaliation because you complained about job discrimination or assisted with a job discrimination proceeding, such as an investigation or lawsuit.

The ultimate goal of this survey is to assess the work conditions in for profit outdoor companies as they relate to the aforementioned protected classes and for the purpose of advancing the work towards diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoor industry.

Please note that the information you provide us may be used as content for future publications online or otherwise on topics pertaining to the DEI in the outdoor industry. Such publications are intended merely for the purposes of acting as resources or educational materials for the outdoor companies and stakeholders in the outdoor industry.

Further, please note that you have the right to seek legal action through EEOC. Filing a complaint with EEOC can be done at no cost and you have the ultimate right to decide whether to take advantage of any legal remedies through EEOC. Upon review of the information that you provide us, we can assess whether an actual filing of a complaint is recommended. Should a recommendation be made for you to contact EEOC, only then will you receive actual "legal" advise.

Be advised that any reviews rendered based on your case or any discussions therefrom about your plan of action are to be conducted in a non-legal manner. In conjunction with this survey, any form of advise given, whether overtly or otherwise, should not be deemed as an actual legal advise. In addition, by no means would further discussions about your case warrant any formal legal relationship with the entity(ies) and/or person(s) responsible for this survey.

Work Background Details
Do you belong to any of the eight protected classes? Please specify. *
Your answer
Does your case involve a for profit outdoor company? (Please note that the focus of this survey is on for profit outdoor-related companies). *
What is your employment status with this outdoor company? *
What is your involvement in this case? *
How many employees does the subject outdoor company have? Describe its size as a company. *
Your answer
Please describe in detail the circumstances that you believe constitute a form of discrimination which may fall under one or more of the above-noted categories of discrimination. Please be thorough with your answers to the following questions.
A. Please provide a description of the work environment that you believe constitutes a form of discrimination. *
Your answer
B. Is the perpetrator a superior or co-worker? What is his/her work title? Please describe the conduct in question by the perpetrator(s). *
Your answer
C. Did you report the incidents to the appropriate entity within your company? Who did you report said incident(s) to? What steps were taken by the management, if any, to address the incident(s)? *
Your answer
D. What steps did you take, if any? *
Your answer
E. What were the results of any of the measures taken under C and D? *
Your answer
Please provide any other pertinent information that would help us assess your situation.
Your answer
Do you wish for us to contact you further to discuss your case? *
If you wish for us to contact you further to discuss your case, please provide the following contact information.
What is your name?
Your answer
What is your phone number?
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What is your email address?
Your answer
Which state do you reside in?
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