The Unit manages the state’s internal discrimination complaint process and system to ensure non-discrimination against a state employee or candidate for state employment on the basis of the following:
No state agency may make any employment-related decisions on the basis of the above-listed categories, including, but not limited to, hiring, layoff, termination, transfer, promotion, demotion, rate of compensation or eligibility for in-service training programs. Moreover, no state agency may retaliate against a complainant or a participant in a complaint.
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Once the discrimination complaint form is completed (either by the complainant or the agency EEO officer), submitted to and received by Division, it is evaluated to determine jurisdiction.
Jurisdiction to file a discrimination complaint
In order for a complaint to be considered jurisdictional by the Division, the complainant must:
Any agency investigation shall include a thorough review of the circumstances under which the alleged improper conduct occurred and may include a review of the treatment of members of the complainant’s group identified by the complaint as compared with the treatment of other similarly situated employees in the agency. Information needed to apprise the complainant shall be recorded in the agency’s investigative file. At the end of their investigation, the agency must supply the complainant with the investigation report and determination, including the appeal rights of the complainant.
Discrimination Complaint Appeal Process
If the complainant disagrees with the agency’s determination they have a right to appeal to the State Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator. This request must be done in writing within 15 days of receipt of the agency’s determination. This request can be emailed or faxed to the assigned EEO Program Contract Officer or directly to the EEO Program Manager
Upon receipt of the hearing request, the Division will review the hearing request reason and the information contained in the investigative file. In order to make the decision, the Division may also contact the agency for additional information. After review of all documents, the State Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator will determine to either:
If the hearing request is denied, the complaint will be notified in writing and the case will be closed. This marks the end of the appeal process.
For contact information of agency EEO officers and ADA coordinators, please click here.
Statutory and Regulatory Authority
The enabling statute for the statewide internal complaint process are R.C. 124.04(O). The regulations that govern the internal complaint process are found at Ohio Adm. Code Chapter 123:1-49. Relevant executive orders include Exeuctive Order 2019-03D and Executive Order 2019-05D.
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Discrimination Complaint Management and Agency Contacts
Affirmative Action Plan Management
Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Reviews
Equal Employment Opportunity Education and Training
Equal Employment Opportunity Workforce Reports
File a Discrimination Complaint
Affirmative Action Program Verification
Certificate of Compliance
Submit I-29 (Work-hour Utilization)