Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Equal Employment Opportunity Office
The mission of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office is to oversee the County's adherence to a policy of equal opportunity for all in employment, training, promotion, retention, and benefits, consistent with federal and state regulations and Board Policy, to positively impact County employees' quality of work life and customer service provided to the general public.
The EEO Office
The County EEO Office serves as a neutral third party in discovering the facts and determining whether harassing or discriminatory behavior actually occurred. Consequently, EEO staff does not advocate for the complainant, or for the County department involved.
The EEO Office will evaluate the testimony given and other information gathered during the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the EEO Office will report the findings of the investigation to the Department Head. If the allegations are substantiated, the Department Head or Appointing Authority is responsible for working with the assigned Human Resources Officer (HRO) in determining and taking the appropriate corrective action.
Notice of Rights
Basing treatment of employees or applicants on their membership in a protected class is expressly prohibited by law and County policy. Accordingly, a complaint may be made for adverse treatment, such as discrimination, harassment, or hostility in the workplace, because of one's membership in a protected class. Protected classes include age, ancestry, color, race, sex (gender), religion, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. A complaint may also be made for retaliation suffered because of participation in the complaint process as a complainant or witness.
Filing a Complaint
Any employee or applicant for employment, who believes they have been discriminated or harassed based on their age, sex (gender), race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation or any other basis protected by law, may file a complaint of harassing or discriminatory behavior, hereby referred to as the Complaint, with the County's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office for resolution. However, a complaint may also be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Internal resolution through the County's EEO Office is a faster and more private method of resolving the Complaint.
The EEO Office is authorized by the Board of Supervisors to conduct a thorough and objective review of all circumstances relating to complaints of discrimination, which may require as part of the investigation, interviewing persons knowledgeable of any aspect of a complaint. The cooperation of witnesses is necessary in order to assist the EEO Office in determining facts.
What to Expect
A complaint should be filed as soon as the applicant or employee becomes aware or believes that their rights may have been violated, but no later than one year from the date of the alleged harassing or discriminatory behavior. This period may be extended for good cause.
Employees and job applicants will be interviewed to establish the substance of their complaints. If it is determined from the information presented that the complaint falls within the scope of EEO, the complainant will be asked to complete a formal complaint form and an investigation will be initiated. Investigations involve interviewing witnesses, the complainant, the accused and/or gathering facts.
Additional Documents & Resources
|Equal Employment Opportunity County Plan
|Frequently Asked Questions