What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is the unequal treatment of any individual or group in a protected class, which, in this context, means in employment or employment related matters.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment consists of any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which is made a condition of employment or promotion or is severe or pervasive enough to affect an individual’s work environment.

Can I only file complaints of discrimination or harassment?

What if it was unprofessional or disrespectful treatment? You are able to file a complaint regarding behavior by an employee that is unprofessional or disrespectful. Employees of the City of Los Angeles are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for individual and personal differences when working with other employees and the public. City of Los Angeles employees are expected to comply with Federal and State laws and regulations and City policies including applicable mayoral directives ensuring a discrimination and harassment free workplace. Employees must perform their duties in a manner that earns and maintains the trust and respect of their supervisors, other employees, and the public.

What is the Office of Discrimination Complaint Resolution (ODCR)?

The ODCR was created to address discrimination complaints filed by City employees and applicants for employment with the City. The ODCR staff work with employees and department managers to resolve issues of employment discrimination as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have expanded the scope of its purpose to assess and determine whether behaviors are unprofessional, disrespectful, and a violation of the policies of the City of Los Angeles, rather than discrimination as defined in legal terms. With the launching of this website and the online reporting system, the ODCR will address claims of unprofessional, disrespectful, discriminatory, and harassing behavior by or against an employee of the City of Los Angeles from City employees, applicants for City employment, and members of the public.

What should I expect after I file a complaint?

1. You should expect regular communication.

You will receive a written acknowledgment of the report you filed. You will be kept apprised of the status of the investigation into your allegations on a regular basis by the individual investigating the complaint.

2. You should expect that allegations of discrimination and harassment will be fully and completely investigated.

All investigations will be handled with discretion, sensitivity, and due concern for the dignity of those involved. You will have a confidential conference to discuss the allegation(s) you presented and requested remedy(ies) with the assigned investigator. All persons identified as potential witnesses will be contacted during the course of the investigation. All persons contacted or interviewed during the investigation will be requested not to discuss the subject matter of the investigation in order to protect the privacy of all those participating in the investigation.

3. You should expect a timely resolution of complaints.

All investigations will be as extensive as required, based upon the nature of the allegations.