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Equal Employment Opportunity
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am disabled and want to work for the County. What can you do for me?
  2. How do I file a complaint?
  3. What does the EEO Office do when it investigates my complaint?
  4. The EEO Office is part of the County. How can it conduct an independent, objective investigation of my complaint?
  5. If I file a complaint with your office, can you assure me of confidentiality?
  6. I am a County employee. Do I have to use personal time to come to the EEO Office to file a complaint?
  7. What happens if the issue I complained about is not illegal but is unfair?
  8. Can I get copies of the Investigative Reports and correspondence?
  9. What is the difference between harassment and sexual harassment?


  1. I am disabled and want to work for the County. What can you do for me?
    Under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will explore reasonable accommodations to your disability throughout the selection process and in the workplace. If you need an accommodation, you should submit a Special Testing Accomodations Request.

  2. How do I file a complaint?
    You may contact EEO to arrange an appointment or you may ask that a complaint form be sent to you.

  3. What does the EEO Office do when it investigates my complaint?
    Our investigator reviews your complaint form, interviews you, the person(s) you allege have discriminated against you, and witnesses you have identified. All written documents are reviewed. The information gathered during the investigation is evaluated with compliance with federal, state and County EEO law to determine if discrimination has occurred.

  4. The EEO Office is part of the County. How can it conduct an independent, objective investigation of my complaint?
    Some departments conduct their own EEO investigations or they can be referred to our office, DFEH or EEOC. This is based on the preference of the complainant. We are neutral fact-finders. We are not for the complainant or for the County department involved. We are for the law.

  5. If I file a complaint with your office, can you assure me of confidentiality?
    The EEO Office conducts all investigations in as confidential of a manner as possible. However, legal procedures may require disclosure of certain information.

  6. I am a County employee. Do I have to use personal time to come to the EEO Office to file a complaint?
    No, normally you may come in on county time; however, you must make an appointment first, and you must notify your supervisor. An appointment may also be made during a lunch period or before/after normal work hours.

  7. What happens if the issue I complained about is not illegal but is unfair?
    There are employment practices that you feel may be unfair but are not illegal. Unless you have information that supports your belief that you have been discriminated against with respect to a basis provided in federal, state, and County EEO law, the EEO Office may not be able to substantiate your complaint. However, a representative from the EEO Office can discuss your concerns with you and may refer you to other County resources.

  8. Can I get copies of the Investigative Reports and correspondence?
    Unfortunately, no. Due to confidentiality requirements, we are unable to provide a copy of the reports.

  9. What is the difference between harassment and sexual harassment?
    Harassment occurs in many forms. In general, it is unwelcome, unwanted and repeated behavior based upon race, age, national origin, disability or religion which is abusive, humiliating or threatening. Sexual harassment is a form of harassment involving visual, physical and verbal behavior of a sexual nature.
 

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