Office of Equal Opportunity - Title VII FAQ

Title VII / Employment Discrimination

Frequently Asked Questions

It is against Maryland law and SHA policy to discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, genetic information, genetic testing, creed, pregnancy, and ancestry.

Q. Who can file a complaint with the Department?

A. Employees (Career Service, Contractual, Executive Service) or applicants.

Q. How do I file a complaint?

A. Call, write or visit the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and describe the situation you feel was discriminatory. An experienced Equal Opportunity Officer will listen, advise and assist you accordingly by having you fill out SHA’s complaint form. Internal complaints must be filed within 30 days of the date in which the alleged act of discrimination occurred for employment.

Q. What happens after I file a complaint?

A. If the Equal Opportunity Officer determines that your complaint meets the legal requirements for filing a complaint of employment discrimination, the complaint will be accepted for investigation.

You will be advised of your options and responsibilities as the complaint is investigated. When the investigation of the complaint is complete, the investigator writes a final investigative report based upon the facts determined in the investigation. The report is reviewed by the Director, OEO, or designee, who makes a final determination indicating whether or not there is reason to believe that a discriminatory act occurred.

Once the report has been approved, the complainant will receive notice of the outcome. As appropriate the complainant will be advised of the actions taken to remedy the discrimination. If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she will be advised of the right to file a complaint with an outside agency.

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