Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for ensuring Equal Employment Opportunity exists for all applicants and CDCR employees, and to promote a professional work environment free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

OCR administers a statewide program for filing and resolving EEO complaints, including review and analysis of complaints, development of policy and procedure, providing technical assistance, and conducting training to provide discrimination awareness and prevention.

Violations of the CDCR EEO policy may be addressed at the local level and/or with Office of Civil Rights upon referral. When appropriate, allegations of EEO misconduct are investigated by Special Agents in Field Operations.

OCR Responsibilities

  • Review discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints.
  • Provide analysis of complaints alleging a violation of the CDCR EEO policy.
  • Provide a response to external agencies regarding EEO complaints or requests for information.
  • Develop and conduct EEO/Sexual Harassment training for CDCR staff, supervisors and managers.
  • Provide consultation on all EEO matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religious Accommodation requests.
  • Serve as a liaison between Office of Internal Affairs and EEO Coordinators, and EEO Counselors.

You will find a wealth of information and resources on this page.