FAQs - Employee Rights
- How do I file a complaint regarding a discrimination or harassment issue?
- What happens after I file a complaint with the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO)?
- Is the information I give to the Office for Equal Opportunity confidential?
- Does the Office for Equal Opportunity handle both student and employee complaints?
- What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
- What is sexual harassment?
- What is racial discrimination?
A: First, complete the Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form (PDF).
Mail the form to:
San José State University
Office for Equal Opportunity
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0046
Bring the form to:
San José State University campus
Office for Equal Opportunity
UPD Building, Third Floor
Important: Documents in PDF format require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
A: There are different complaint procedures depending on the classification of the complainant:
- Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement
- Employees not covered under a collective bargaining agreement
- Applicants for employment, independent contractors and students applicants for admission
For detailed information on the complaint process, visit:
Faculty: Grievances & Complaints please see the Office of Faculty Affairs
Managers (MPPs) and Confidential employees: Employee Relations
Staff: Employee Relations
Students: Discrimination and harassment complaints
A: We have an obligation to investigate when reports involving equal opportunity come
to the attention of the University, so we cannot guarantee 100% confidentiality.
However, the information will be kept within our office.
A: Yes, we handle both student and employee complaints.
Employees use the Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form.
Students use the Student Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form.
A: The ADA prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies
and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities
in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training
and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
For further explanation, visit Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A: Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual or gender-based behavior that, due to
its frequency or severity, adversely affects a person's working or learning environment.
For further explanation, see Unlawful Discrimination.
A: Unlawful racial discrimination is any conduct directed at an individual's race
or national origin that degrades, humiliates, differentiates or stigmatizes, and has
the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual's education
or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
For further explanation, visit Race/Color/National Origin.