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  • Office launch - We are excited to announce our new office, and are excited to bring a needed function to the people of Washington.
  • The Office of Justice and Civil Rights will bring together the DSHS Investigations Unit, Board of Appeals, Constituent Services, Rules and Policy Assistance, Public Safety Review Panel, and the Special Commitment Center Resident Advocates and Ombuds. It will be responsible for fair, thorough, and expeditious investigations of EEOC and Civil Rights complaints from staff and clients.

Our Office

DSHS is committed to providing a workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, retaliation and other inappropriate behaviors. DSHS policy is part of the agency's overall efforts to provide a workplace free from discrimination and retaliation, pursuant to local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, honorably discharged veteran and military status, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex, or any other characteristic that is protected by law.

This policy is also part of the DSHS commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a workplace that is free from harassment, disrespect and divisiveness. DSHS will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or inappropriate behaviors of any kind. 

If you have witnessed or feel you are a victim of discrimination including harassment, retaliation or other inappropriate behaviors, the resources below will help you file a complaint with our Investigations unit, access the Employee Assistance Program and view applicable policy and laws.


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