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Equal Employment Opportunity FAQ

Can I make an anonymous complaint or a complaint on someone else’s behalf?
No, since the grievance procedures are focused on resolution, it is essential that the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity / AA work directly with the person who suffered the discrimination or harassment. As a result, the EEO/AA Office staff is available to work directly with faculty, staff and students who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed based on characteristics such as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. If you need to schedule an appointment or have a question, please call the EEO/AA Office at (713) 743-8835.

Who is eligible to file a discrimination complaint?
University faculty, staff and currently enrolled students can file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint.

Is everything I tell you kept confidential?
Your desire for confidentiality is respected to the extent allowed by state and federal law. In most cases, however, it is necessary to share information with other campus administrators on a need-to-know basis. This helps ensure a successful resolution for all parties involved.

If I believe that I am being subjected to discrimination in the workplace. Where can I go for guidance?
The University of Houston prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information and sexual orientation. The EEO/AA Office is responsible for monitoring UH’s compliance with this policy. Questions or concerns about alleged violations of the EEO/AA Office policies should be directed to the EEO/AA Office by calling (713) 743-8835.

What are the "EEO/AA" laws?

  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
  • Section 503 & 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Executive Order 11246 and 11375
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

Discriminatory practices under these laws also include:

  • harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information or age;
  • retaliation against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices;
  • employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, ethnic group, veteran status or individuals with disabilities; and
  • denying employment opportunities to a person because of marriage to, or association with, an individual of a particular race, religion, national origin, or an individual with a disability. Title VII prohibits discrimination because of participation in schools or places of worship associated with a particular racial, ethnic, or religious group.

What do the EEO laws prohibit?

  • EEO laws prohibit employment decisions based on any protected basis, including, but not limited to:
  • hiring and firing;
  • compensation, assignment, or classification of employees;
  • transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall;
  • job advertisements;
  • recruitment;
  • testing;
  • use of company facilities;
  • training and apprenticeship programs;
  • fringe benefits;
  • pay, retirement plans, and disability leave;
  • retaliation for participation in a protected EEO activity; or
  • any other term or condition of employment.

Who can I contact for more information and/or to investigate a complaint?
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity / AA
153 Student Service Center 2
(713) 743-8835