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Our Mission and History

We champion your civil rights. We educate. We advocate. We lobby those who can hire you.

Here’s how…

From the founding days in the 1930’s, both SAG and AFTRA have been concerned with the challenges of inequality and lack of access to employment for persons of color. Over time this concern resulted in the construction of formal policies of non-discrimination in the hiring and treatment of performers and broadcast journalists because of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age.

As one union, SAG-AFTRA continues to be committed to positively influencing the entertainment, news and media industries through Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity policies and committees. The star power and greater visibility enjoyed by minority performers today, is a direct result of decades of activism of individual minority groups, advocacy and civil rights organizations, and the union.

SAG-AFTRA EEO & Diversity provides continuous support to its members, locals, the global labor movement, industry allies, advocacy groups and communities in diaspora that share similar core visions, utilizing tools that ensure the existence and compliance of equal employment opportunities and mandates in all contract areas, including protections for minors, resulting in an evolution towards a diverse and accurate reflection of our true American Scene.

We enforce and negotiate Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action provisions in all SAG-AFTRA contracts to ensure that the workplace is free from discrimination and harassment. We monitor legislative and regulatory changes affecting our members’ interests and advocate on their behalf. We educate and empower members with contract and workplace rights. We advise and consult with industry professionals on issues of diversity, equal employment and non-discrimination.