Office of Civil Rights, EEO and Health & Safety Programs

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The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is committed to providing equal access to employment, upward mobility opportunities, and a discrimination-free work environment. The Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Programs reflects this commitment and is available to assist Cal OES employees and individuals who have applied for a job vacancy (applicant) within Cal OES.

Government Code section 19795, subdivision (a) requires all state agencies to establish and administer an effective equal employment opportunity (EEO) program under the direction of an EEO Officer. The EEO Officer objectively monitors and assesses the department's personnel policies and practices and recommends administrative changes to prevent discrimination and to continuously facilitate EEO. The EEO Officer is responsible for ensuring Cal OES has non-discriminatory employment policies and practices and provides EEO to all job applicants and employees.

The law provides protection from harassment or discrimination in employment based on the following:

  • 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 (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy)
  • Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation


It is the mission of the EEO Office to enhance careers at Cal OES by:

  • Allowing all employees the opportunity to express their concerns within an approved and uniform filing process;
  • Assuring all employees that allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation receive prompt and impartial consideration;
  • Assisting in ensuring complaints are resolved at the lowest appropriate organizational levels; and
  • Providing management the opportunity to change inappropriate attitudes and practices through education, training, and corrective action.



The Cal OES EEO Office is responsible for the following:

Cal OES EEO Plan

Policy Statement:

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is committed to the principles of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment and in the delivery of services. Cal OES is an equal opportunity employer. Cal OES, its subrecipients, and contractors, do not discriminate in employment practices based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex (includes sexual harassment), pregnancy (childbirth or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), mental or physical disability (includes HIV and AIDS), political affiliation/opinion, veteran status, or request for family leave. Cal OES is committed to ensuring that the work environment of its employees, volunteers, grant subrecipients, and contractors of Cal OES are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Utilization Analysis and Strategies:

Cal OES is committed to a workforce that represents the State of California workforce and will review the composition of the applicant pool for all vacancies to identify under-representation. For any position that may be under-represented, Cal OES will do the following:

1) Review the applicant flow data to determine whether any step in the selection process for these positions may have had a significant impact on screening out applicants of a particular gender, race, national background, or color and will consider modifying its candidate selection process.

2) Cal OES will enhance outreach efforts that target a diverse candidate pool.
Additionally, the Cal OES EEO Office continues to educate hiring managers concerning hiring practices and the inclusion of a diverse interview panel when hiring for all positions. The Cal OES EEO Officer will also continue the practice of analyzing the composition of the interview panel.


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