Sacramento’s Equal Opportunity Policy: What You Should Know
By Gregory Thyberg on January 24, 2023
There are many state and federal laws that help in the fight against workplace discrimination. There are also local statutes that address discrimination and retaliation at work that are helpful. Sacramento, CA, has its own Equal Opportunity Policy to help protect city government workers from mistreatment.
We’d like to review the basics of Sacramento’s Equal Opportunity Policy and what it could mean for you or a member of your household.
What Sacramento’s Equal Opportunity Policy Is About
In essence, Sacramento’s Equal Opportunity Policy is a means of protecting city government workers from employment discrimination, harassment while on the job, and retaliation for whistleblowing or engaging in other protected activities.
For example, the Equal Opportunity Policy would protect a city employee facing discrimination for being pregnant while on the job. The Equal Opportunity Policy would also protect a worker with a disability from facing harassment or a toxic work environment from other employees.
The Basics of Sacramento’s Equal Opportunity Policy
As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, the City of Sacramento has policies in place to prevent employee harassment and discrimination.
The Equal Opportunity Policy prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment over a person’s:
- Nation of origin
- Skin color
- Gender/gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Medical condition
The Equal Opportunity Policy also forbids retaliation against whistleblowers or any employee who engages in a protected activity (e.g., filing a formal harassment complaint).
What Happens If a Claim Is Made Against a City Official?
When an EEO charge is filed against an elected official, a high-ranking city employee, or a member of the city’s Human Resources team, an independent external investigator will be hired to look into the matter. This will help ensure impartiality while the complaint is investigated.
What to Do If Your Protections Were Violated
If you’ve faced any kind of discrimination or harassment at work, it’s imperative that you get in touch with your company’s human resources department. The matter could be dealt with internally.
If your workplace fails to properly address the mistreatment you faced, that’s when it’s important to file an EEO charge with the City of Sacramento. It is also wise to speak with an attorney about what happened and what your next steps should be.
How Gregory A. Thyberg Can Help
Attorney Gregory Thyberg has been in private legal practice since 2006. He has obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for clients in employment law cases.
Given his years practicing workplace law in the Sacramento area, he is familiar with pertinent statutes related to city workers and their rights. He will not be intimidated by government interests since his primary focus is on your rights as a worker.
Contact Our Law Firm to Discuss Your Case
If you're ready to discuss your case with an employment lawyer, we encourage you to speak with us today. We’ll let you know if you have a viable employment law complaint. To request a consultation, contact the legal team at ThybergLaw online today. You can also reach our law office in Sacramento, CA, by calling (916) 204-9173.