Harassment & Unlawful Discrimination

The California State University (CSU) is committed to enforcing and maintaining employment policies and procedures that comply with applicable state and federal nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and regulations.

CSU polices, along with federal and state laws, protect the California State University community from discrimination and harassment on the basis of:

  • Age
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers age 40 and over from discrimination in employment based on their age.
  • Disability-Medical Condition
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital status
  • Race, color, citizenship, ancestry or national origin
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex, gender, gender expression, and/or gender identity
    • It is illegal to discriminate against anyone based upon his or her sex, gender or gender identity. Unwanted sexual advances or employment benefit on the condition of an exchange of sexual favors is also illegal.
  • Sexual orientation
    • It is unlawful to discriminate against an individual in employment matters based upon that person's sexual orientation.
  • Veteran status
  • Hostile work environment based on a protected characterisitic

The CSU’s policy includes protection for employees, applicants and third party complainants from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation for filing a complaint. This protection is covered under Executive Order 1096 [pdf] which emphasizes the complaint procedure, training and anti-retaliation policies. The California State University will take action to eliminate discrimination and harassment when they are aware of a situation.

Questions may be directed to the Office for Equal Opportunity at (408) 924-2450.