The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP) is responsible for implementing and enforcing equity policies for the City of Tucson and is a branch of the City Manager’s Office.
OEOP is comprised of the following program functions:
Chapter 10 Complaints (internal discrimination - employees)
OEOP investigates complaints of discrimination for City of Tucson employees. Under the Chapter 10 of the Tucson City Code, it is unlawful to discriminate against city employees or applicants for city employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, gender identity, religion, familial status, and/or political beliefs or opinions. Chapter 10 complaint forms can be downloaded from the OEOP intranet website.
Wrongful Conduct Investigations (internal or external)
City employees or any member of the public may report alleged wrongful conduct they reasonably believe was committed by a City official or employee. It is prohibited to retaliate against an employee because the employee filed a Wrongful Conduct allegation against a public official/City employee or participated in an investigation. For more information about Wrongful Conduct, please refer to the COT/Administrative Directive 2.02-4.
Americans with Disabilities Act Program (ADA)
The ADA ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and provides for equal access to programs, services and activities.
If a person has been discriminated against by an employer, organization, institution, or business entity within the City of Tucson city limits, he/she can file a complaint with OEOP. All city departments have a least one ADA liaison who serves as the central point of contact between the department and the OEOP. The ADA complaint form can be downloaded from our website.
In addition, OEOP requests citizens and city employees to identify barriers to accessibility in its facilities and/or programs/services for persons with disabilities. Examples of such barriers are restrooms, doors, elevators, ramps, curb cuts, sidewalks, service animals, voting places, etc. If it is not accessible, we ask individuals to complete an ADA accessibility complaint form that can be downloaded from our website.
ADA Transition Plan is in response to the Department of Justice Project Civic Access ADA audit and subsequent Settlement Agreement signed July 2005. Facilities were audited under the Department of Justice 28CFR Part 36 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, revised as of July 1, 1994.
Certification of Equal Employment Opportunity (CEEO)
The OEOP monitors and evaluates that equal employment opportunities are being afforded to all employees and applicants for employment. We provide reports with current data on workforce representation by race, sex, age and disability in classifications relevant to each department. A CEEO process is required when hiring, rehiring, promoting, and transferring employees, including competitive as well as non-competitive appointments. Seasonal appointments (provisional, intermittent and temporary) do not require the completion of a CEEO process. OEOP audits CEEO procedures as a check and balance procedure to ensure equity, fairness and no adverse impact in the selection process.
Limited English Proficiency Program (LEP)
Section 602 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. is a law established to ensure that persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English be afforded meaningful access to programs, services and/or activities and information provided by any City of Tucson department receiving federal financial assistance.
All city departments have a least one LEP liaison who serves as the central point of contact between the department and the OEOP. The COT has vendors that provide language services such as written translation and oral interpretation services. For a complete list of current vendors, visit either the OEOP or Procurement website. LEP complaint forms can also be downloaded from the OEOP website.
Mediation Program for City Employees
The Mediation Program is available to all city employees who have a work related disagreement or conflict with one or various city employees. Participation in the mediation process is voluntary for all participants. The trained mediators will try to resolve the conflict and reach an agreement. Mediation can be requested at any time; however, it is best to request mediation in the early stages of a conflict or dispute.
For more information on Mediation Program, please visit the OEOP intranet website.
The OEOP offers a variety of trainings to all City departments through “CityLearn: Learning Management System or via live sessions. Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Conduct and Complaint Procedures training have been offered to all employees in 2018. The City’s New Employee Welcome program will include an online orientation. However, new hires will be required to take live training on stopping discrimination, harassment and wrongful conduct in the workplace in 2019. HR/EEO Liaisons have also received specialized training on harassment prevention and anti-discrimination practices and collaborate with OEOP on these issues when they arise.
Chapter 17 Complaints (external discrimination-citizens)
The OEOP team investigates complaints of discrimination within the city limits of Tucson in the areas of employment, public accommodation, and housing. Under Chapter 17 of the Tucson City Code, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of: race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, sex, familial status, and marital status. Discrimination complaint forms can be downloaded from the OEOP website.
EEO Federal Reports
- EEOP (Equal Employment Opportunity Plan)
Purpose of Report: Federal Government requires the City of Tucson (COT) and the Tucson Police Department (TPD) to submit the EEOP Short Form as recipients of federal funding – grant awards. Regulation found at 28 CFR 42.301 et seq.
Report Submission Date: The Short Form is submitted to the DOJ every two years by anniversary date of last approval letter.
Types of Reports: Two separate reports are submitted to the DOJ – EEOP Short Form for COT and EEOP Short Form for TPD.
- EEO-4 Report
Under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, all State and local governments that have 15 or more employees are required to keep records and to make such reports to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as are specified in the regulations of the Commission.
The EEO-4 Report also known as the State and Local Government Report is filed every two years (odd-numbered years) to the U.S. EEOC. This report indicates the City of Tucson workforce’s functions by employees’ job categories and cross classified by sex and by race/ethnicity including employment totals and employee’s salary as of June 30th. The workforce consists of full time employees, other than full time employees (including temporary employees), and new hires during fiscal year permanent time only (July 1-June 30).
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP)
255 W. Alameda Street, 5th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 791-4593 main phone number