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.
  • Is required to and will take appropriate action when discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is based on a person’s protected class.
  • 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.
  • 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.

State Employees are….

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 businessExpected to avoid behavior that could reasonably be perceived as discrimination or harassment prohibited under this policyExpected 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

Protected classes covered by State and Federal law

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest and court record (except as permissible by applicable laws)
  • Citizenship (except as permissible by applicable laws)
  • Color
  • Credit history or credit report (unless directly related to a job-related qualification
  • Domestic or sexual violence victim status (if the victim provides notice to the employer or the employer has the actual knowledge of such status)
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Genetic information
  • Income assignment for child support
  • Marital or civil union status
  • Military and veteran status, including uniformed service and National Guard absence
  • National origin (National origin may refer to a person’s country of birth, nationality, or cultural or ethnic origin
  • National origin also includes linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding/expressing milk, or related medical conditions
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Reproductive health decision
  • Sex, including gender identity or expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Any other classification protected under applicable state or federal laws


For an applicant or employee of the State Executive Branch (excluding the Department of Education and University of Hawaii Board of Regent appointees) who believes that they have been a victim of discriminationEEO Office
(808) 587-1162
[email protected]
Applicants or employees of the Department of Education (DOE)Department of Education
Civil Rights Compliance Branch
(808) 586-3322 (or relay)
[email protected]
Applicants or employees of the JudiciaryJudiciary’s EEO Office
(808) 539-4336