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Report Harassment or Discrimination


The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to a discrimination and harassment free work environment. It is the policy of DHS to provide a work environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bias and bullying on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other protected class under federal or state laws.  Consistent with this objective, DHS has implemented policies and practices for employees, contractors, and program participants/clients to follow. 

The Office of Equity and Multicultural Services (OEMS) (for employee complaints) and Governor’s Advocacy Office (GAO) (for client complaints) are responsible to promptly and thoroughly investigate allegations based upon discrimination or harassment related to a protected class.   Note that each office has separate and distinct processes, so it is important to file your complaint with the appropriate party.

For Clients, Customers or Service Users

The Governor’s Advocacy Office (GAO) handles the intake of client  civil rights complaints related to DHS programs. The DHS Client Complaint and Report of Discrimination process offers a complaint form that you can complete and submit (see GAO Forms​). Please note that OEMS does not handle client complaints.


Lori Nelson, Governor's Advocacy Office
(503) 945-5941

For DHS Employees

The Office of Equity and Multicultural Services (OEMS) is charged with investigating employee and contractor workplace harassment and discrimination complaints.

DHS Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure 

Form to Report Discrimination​ in the Workplace

DHS Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form

For Workplace Complaints Contact:

Marisa Salinas, Civil Rights/EEO Officer
Office of Equity and Multicultural Services
(503) 945-7842


Alec Esquivel, Civil Rights Investigator
Office of Equity and Multicultural Services
(503) 945-5957