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EEO Discrimination Complaint Procedure

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) is committed to compliance with federal and state laws and Gubernatorial Executive Orders prohibiting discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation.  Where discrimination is suspected, employees or applicants are encouraged to use OPD’s discrimination complaint procedure.  Employment decisions in state government will be made on the basis of merit, fitness, and equality of opportunity, and without unlawful discrimination on the basis of:

Age Sex
National origin/Ancestry Sexual harassment
Color Veterans status
Race Sexual Orientation
Disability Gender Identity
Religion Military status

It is important to note here a distinction between the Discrimination Complaint Procedure and the grievance procedure(s) otherwise available to OPD employees.  If any employee has a problem on the job that does not involve the types of illegal workplace discrimination described above, that employee should contact his or her supervisor or the Human Resources Administrator to pursue normal grievance procedures.  If the employee is represented by a union, he or she should pursue the grievance remedies available under the relevant collective bargaining agreement.

Any employee or applicant who believes he or she has been subject to discrimination should, where feasible, advise the offending individual that the action is not welcomed and must stop.  For complaints of illegal workplace discrimination that arise under state and federal EEO and related laws, the following internal complaint procedures should be employed:


  1. The employee or any applicant asserting discrimination should first contact Sharon Allison, EEO Officer, at 250 East Broad Street - Suite 1400, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-5394.  A complaint also can be filed with the State EEO Division, Riffe Office Tower, 77 S. High Street, 24th floor, Columbus, OH 43215; however, that office will refer the complaint back to the agency’s EEO Officer for investigation.

  2. OPD’s EEO Officer will conduct a confidential and thorough investigation of all complaint allegations and will make a recommendation to the Director in as timely a manner as the circumstances permit, but normally within 60 days of receiving the complaint. Complainants and witnesses will be free from any reprisal or retaliation throughout the process.

  3. OPD’s EEO Officer will attempt, in appropriate circumstances, to devise an appropriate solution to the complaint, and may direct the complainant to other agencies if the problem cannot be resolved internally.

  4. The complainant remains free to pursue other external remedies available under state or federal law while the internal investigation is pursued, and the complainant bears full responsibility for meeting any external deadlines required by external processes, including but not limited to EEOC, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and/or court or other agency filings.

EEO Discrimination Complaint

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