The Office of Employment Equity conducts investigations regarding Discrimination and Harassment, Workplace Violence, Sexual Misconduct, and Conscientious Employee Protection. Through the investigation process, each case is assigned to an OEE investigator who will interview each party involved, including witnesses. At the end of the investigation process, a letter of determination outlining whether or not a violation of one of the policies was made will be sent to each party, including the appropriate Dean. If there is a finding, the Dean will make a determination as to any appropriate corrective or disciplinary actions.

Below you can find further explanation of the different bases for a formal investigation:

Discrimination and Harassment

This is defined as an intentional or unintentional act which adversely affects employment or educational opportunities due to membership in one or more of the following protected categories:

  • Race/Color
  • National Origin/Ancestry
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Sex/Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital Status
  • Veteran or Military Status

If you feel like you are experiencing discrimination or harassment based on the above protected statuses, please refer to the OEE Complaint Process and fill out the complaint form.

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is defined as any actual or threatening behavior of a violent nature, as understood by a reasonable person, exhibited by faculty, staff, student employees, or others within the scope of this Policy.

If you feel like you are experiencing Workplace Violence, please refer to the OEE Complaint Process and fill out the complaint form.

Sexual Misconduct

This policy applies to conduct committed by University employees and/or third polices and prohibits the following broad range of behaviors focused on sex and/or gender:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Gender-based harassment
  • Stalking
  • Relationship violence

If you feel like you are experiencing Sexual Misconduct, please refer to the OEE Complaint Process and fill out the complaint form. For more information regarding these cases, please refer to our resources supplement.

Conscientious Employee Protection

The Conscientious Employee Protection Policy protects employees who report workplace wrongdoing from retaliatory action. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, the following adverse actions taken against employees in these cases:

  • Discharge
  • Suspension
  • Demotion
  • Other forms of discipline

If you feel like you have experienced the above retaliatory actions because you reported workplace wrongdoing, please refer to the OEE Complaint Process and fill out the complaint form

Retaliation

The University prohibits retaliation against individuals who, in good faith, assert their rights to bring a complaint of workplace misconduct, specifically discrimination or harassment, sexual misconduct, workplace violence, or violations of law or policy. Similarly, employees are protected for participation in investigations of, or otherwise objecting to, the same conduct. Retaliation is also prohibited against individuals who request accommodations based on their disability or religion. 

  • Discharge
  • Suspension
  • Demotion
  • Other forms of discipline

If you feel like you have experienced retaliation because you engaged in a protected activity as described above, please refer to the OEE Complaint Process and fill out the complaint form

To file a formal complaint with the Office of Employment Equity, the completed complaint form needs to be returned to:

Office of Employment Equity
57 US Highway 1, ASB II, Cook Campus
Tel: (848) 932-3973 Fax: (732) 932-0049

 If you have any questions regarding the above investigations, please contact University Human Resources, Office of Employment Equity, as follows:

 Lisa Grosskreutz
 Director, Office of Employment Equity
57 US Highway 1, ASB II, Cook Campus
Tel: (848) 932-3980