Equal Employment Opportunity Office

workforce pic.jpg-550x0 The Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO Office) was created to ensure compliance with all federal and state non-discrimination laws for all applicants and employees of the State Executive Branch (excluding the Department of Education and University of Hawaii Board of Regent appointees).  The EEO Office develops policies, oversees investigations, provides guidance to departments relating to recruitment and personnel practices, and conducts training to ensure an environment free of discrimination and harassment.  In addition, the EEO Office provides guidance for departments relating to reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

These services are provided to support the State’s commitment to promoting and maintaining a productive work environment free of any form of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  The State does not tolerate workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation.  The State is required to and will take appropriate action when discrimination, harassment or retaliation is based on a person’s protected class.

Protected classes covered by State and Federal law include:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex, including gender identity or expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Condition of Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Physical or Mental Disability
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital Status
  • Arrest & Court Record (except as permissible by applicable laws)
  • Income Assignment for Child Support
  • National Guard Absence
  • Uniformed Service
  • Veteran Status
  • Citizenship (except as permissible by applicable laws)
  • Credit History or Credit Report (unless directly related to a bona fide occupational qualification)
  • Domestic or Sexual Violence Victim Status (if the domestic or sexual violence victim provides notice to the victim’s employer of such status or the employer has actual knowledge of such status)
  • Any other classification protected under applicable state or federal laws.

The State will act to curb protected class discrimination or harassment without regard to its severity or pervasiveness and does not require that discrimination or harassment rise to the level of unlawfulness before taking action.  Every State employee is responsible for assuring that work in the executive branch is conducted in an atmosphere that respects the dignity of every State employee, and people with whom the State conducts business.  State employees are expected to avoid behavior that could reasonably be perceived as discrimination or harassment prohibited under this policy. In addition, State employees are expected to avoid retaliation against an individual who makes a complaint, and/or participates in or provides information for an investigation relating to discrimination and/or harassment.

The State will also make reasonable accommodations, if needed, to the extent required by law, for employees who are disabled, pregnant (including pregnancy-related disabilities), breastfeeding, victims of sexual or domestic abuse, or for bona fide religious purposes.

If an applicant or employee of the State Executive Branch (excluding the Department of Education and University of Hawaii Board of Regent appointees) believes that they have been a victim of discrimination, they may contact the EEO Office at (808) 587-1162 or eeo@hawaii.gov.

Applicants or employees of the Department of Education, contact the Department of Education Civil Rights Compliance Office at (808) 586-3322 (or relay) or susan_kitsu@notes.k12.hi.us.

Applicants or employees of the Judiciary, contact the Judiciary’s EEO Office at 539-4336.