EEO Complaints

Civil Rights, EEO and Health & Safety

The Cal OES EEO Office handles all complaints made by an employee, volunteer, contractor or subrecipient of Cal OES. A person who thinks they have been subject to discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on one of the “protected classes” below, should contact the Cal OES EEO Office as soon as possible, by emailing

The complainant must disclose the identity of the person or persons alleged to have engaged in discriminatory or retaliatory conduct and the location, date and description of each act alleged conduct. 

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Cal OES EEO Office shall promptly provide the complainant with a written notice acknowledging receipt of the complaint, and provide the next steps.

  • Age (40 and over)

  • Ancestry

  • Color

  • Religious Creed (including religious dress and grooming practices

  • Denial of Family and Medical Care Leave

  • Disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS

  • Marital Status

  • Medical Condition (cancer and genetic characteristics)

  • Genetic Information

  • Military and Veteran Status

  • National Origin (including language and use restrictions)

  • Race

  • Sex, Gender (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy

  • Gender Identity, Gender Expression

  • Sexual Orientation



Differential treatment based on "protected characteristics". Discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal legislation governed by the EEOC. 


Harassment includes abusive conduct such as repeated infliction of verbal abuse; behaviors which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; and causes work interference. In severe forms, abusive conduct can trigger stress-related health problems, such as hypertension, auto-immune disorders, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) The person's immediate job, and often career, are disrupted.


Adverse action taken by an employer against an employee or former employee because they exercised their rights under the anti-discrimination laws, spoke out against discrimination, or assisted someone in exercising their rights.

​For more information visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website.


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