Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
The University of California, Riverside is an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with all equal employment laws and regulations enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Equal employment laws apply to all aspects of employment, including hiring, termination, promotions and terms and conditions of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit discrimination and harassment in hiring and employment based on an individual's ancestry, age (40 and above), color, disability (physical and mental, including HIV and AIDS), genetic information, gender, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), military or veteran status, national origin (includes language use restrictions), race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), or sexual orientation.
EEO laws also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a physical or mental disability to apply for jobs and to perform the essential functions of their jobs unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business. Employers must also reasonably accommodate applicants' and employees' sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.
These laws also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
UCR's Office of Title IX, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is responsible for ensuring compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. We do this through:
- the creation and monitoring of policies and guidelines;
- training and consultation; and
- complaint resolution.
EEO Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Discrimination Complaint?
A discrimination complaint is an allegation that a student, employee, or other member of the UCR community experienced discrimination, harassment or discriminatory retaliation at UCR (or in one of its programs or activities). The University of California (UC) prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age (40 and over), sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.
UC prohibits retaliation for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment or for engaging in any other protected activity (such as opposing discrimination or supporting someone else in t heir filing of a complaint).
Employees may also elect to file a discrimination or harassment complaint with a State or Federal agency like the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and/or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you are interested in filing a complaint with an agency you will need to contact the agency directly to inquire about agency complaint filing procedures and your options and protections under state or federal law.
What UC policies govern UCR discrimination complaints?
Complaints are governed by the UC Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy and UCR Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaint and Resolution. The UC Policy defines the expectations for behavior, and establishes what conduct is prohibited. The procedure describes how complaints are processed.
How does a Discrimination Complaint differ from a PPSM 70 Complaint?
PPSM 70 - Complaint Resolution is a means for non-represented employees to have issues related to the employment relationship addressed through Employee and Labor Relations. PPSM 70 - Complaint Resolution complaints have broader coverage area than a discrimination complaint – which is limited to prohibiting discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation based on one or more of the protected categories covered by University policy.
If I file a discrimination complaint, can I also file a PPSM70 complaint with other UCR offices?
Yes. Filing a complaint with the Office of Title IX/EOAA does not preclude you from filing a complaint with another UCR office, however, if the PPSM 70 - Complaint Resolution, ELR grievance or other complaint with another UCR office alleges employment discrimination or harassment based on a protected category, the complaint will be referred back to the Office of Title IX/EOAA.
Who does the UC Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy cover?
The policy prohibits discrimination against and/or harassment of an employee, applicant, paid or unpaid intern, volunteer, person participating in a program leading to employment, or person providing services pursuant to a contract. UCR employees, whether student, faculty or staff, may file an employment-related EEO complaint.
What should I do if someone files a complaint about me?
Do not attempt to discuss the complaint with the Complainant. It is the responsibility of everyone at UCR to create an environment free from discrimination and retaliation. Please make sure that you do not do anything that is or might even be interpreted as retaliatory. Retaliation includes conduct that would discourage a person from filing a complaint or a witness from cooperating with an investigation. Retaliation is a separate violation of both policy and the law.
To protect the integrity of the investigation and to prevent retaliation, do not discuss the complaint or investigation with anyone else without first contacting the Office of Title IX/EOAA or the assigned investigator.
Can I file an anonymous complaint?
The Office of Title/EOAA will respond to anonymous EEO complaints of alleged discrimination or harassment, to the greatest extent possible. However, the response to such reports may be limited if information contained in the complaint cannot be verified by independent facts.
Can I be fired or disciplined if I file a complaint?
No. University policy prohibits retaliation for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment pursuant to the UC Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy. This policy also prohibits retaliation against a person who assists someone with a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. If retaliation should occur, please report it to the Office of Title IX/EOAA immediately at (951) 827-7070 or email@example.com.
What options do I have if I want to file a discrimination/harassment complaint?
UCR employees may initiate a complaint alleging discrimination and/or harassment based on one or more of the protected categories covered by University policy, through either their respective personnel program policies or collective bargaining unit grievance procedures, or through the Office of Title IX/EOAA.
Employees may also elect to file a discrimination/harassment complaint with a State or Federal agency. If you are interested in filing a complaint with an agency you will need to contact the agency directly to inquire about agency complaint filing procedures and your options and protections under state or federal law.
How do discrimination/harassment complaints get processed?
If you are referred to or seek assistance directly from the Office of Title IX/EOAA, the complaint will be processed by using the UCR Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaint and Resolution. The Office of Title IX/EOAA will review the information and determine whether there is an actionable complaint. The Office may early resolution, if appropriate. If an actionable complaint is made, the Office may authorize a full and impartial investigation to determine if University nondiscrimination policies have been violated. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, a report of findings is forwarded to the appropriate campus official for review and action, when warranted.
How confidential and private are these processes?
The University shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of Prohibited Conduct to the extent permitted by law and by university policy and procedures. However, it should be recognized that an investigation may involve interviews with a number of persons to inquire if they have relevant evidence, and extremely sensitive information may be gathered. While such information is considered confidential, university policy and procedure may also require the disclosure of certain information during or following an investigation.
What if I don't want to discuss my complaint or dispute with my supervisor?
Employees are encouraged to try to resolve issues directly with their supervisors or within their department management. However, if you are uncomfortable discussing your discrimination or harassment complaint with your supervisor or department management, you may contact the Office of Title IX/EOAA directly. There are also confidential resources on campus available to assist you (see the following question).
What resources are available if I want to speak to someone confidentially about my discrimination, harassment or retaliation concerns?
Confidential resources are available for individuals who wish to have a confidential discussion about an issue involving discrimination, harassment or retaliation without an official response from the university. These offices provide a safe place to discuss concerns and learn about the procedures and potential outcomes while remaining anonymous. Discussion with these confidential offices are not considered reports under this policy and will not result in any actions by the university to resolve the concerns.
The following are confidential resources:
How do I file a discrimination complaint?
If you feel that you have suffered discrimination, harassment or retaliation, based on any of the protected bases, please report online here to the Office of Title IX, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action (Title IX/EOAA). This link leads you to the UC Whistleblower hotline EthicsPoint, where you can submit various kinds of complaints including discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Please click on the button, "Report a Concern Online" on the Whistleblower Hotline webpage.
Reports may also be made to Title IX/EOAA:
- By phone at (951) 827-7070
- By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person by visiting Sky Hall | Room 349 (scheduling an appointment in advance is recommended)