• I have a complaint against a lobbyist, member of the public, or another third party. How do I report that?

    I have a complaint against a lobbyist, member of the public, or another third party. How do I report that?

    Any and all complaints of inappropriate workplace conduct within the Legislature can be submitted to the WCU for review and assessment.  Depending on the nature of the complaint, the WCU will investigate the matter, refer the complaint to the Human Resources office of the Senate or Assembly, or take other appropriate steps.

  • Discuss my complaint with my supervisor or my house’s Human Resources office

    Do I have to discuss my complaint with my supervisor or my house’s Human Resources office before contacting the WCU?

    No, reports can be made directly to the WCU.  If you feel comfortable doing so, you may report your concern or complaint with your supervisor and/or Human Resources Office, but you are not required to do so. It should be noted that supervisors and managers are required to report any complaints of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation they receive to the WCU.

  • Reporting inappropriate conduct not related to a protected class

    What about inappropriate conduct not related to a protected class? How do I report that?

    You can report any type of complaint about workplace conduct to your house’s Human Resources office.  If you are not sure whether the inappropriate workplace conduct is within the WCU’s jurisdiction, you may file a complaint with the WCU, and the WCU will determine whether it has jurisdiction.

  • Guaranteed confidentiality?

    Can my confidentiality be guaranteed?

    The WCU takes all steps to maintain the confidentiality of its investigations and people who participate in them. It should be noted that certain documents will be released in cases where sexual harassment claims have been substantiated against a Member or a high-level legislative employee, and the house has imposed discipline or has determined that the allegations are well-founded based on the Panel’s findings.  The documents to be released will be the claim filed and the letter provided to the subject of the investigation, which will include a summary of the Panel’s factual findings.  All documents will redact the personally identifying information of the accuser and witnesses, for privacy reasons.

  • Other methods for filing a complaint

    Are there methods for complaining about discrimination other than through the WCU, Human Resources, or my supervisor?

    Yes.  Complaints of unlawful conduct related to a protected class can be filed directly with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  You can contact DFEH through their website at https://www.dfeh.ca.gov or 1-800-884-1684.  You can contact the EEOC at https://www.eeoc.gov or 1-800-669-4000.