Equal Employment Opportunity

The County of Santa Barbara leadership team is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the local population and to promoting equal opportunity and inclusion while ensuring compliance with state, local, and federal law. The County's dedication to this purpose is driven by a passion to hire, develop and retain top talent who will play a key role in enhancing our customers' experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is a body of laws and practices that allow all persons to work and advance on the basis of their merit, ability and potential and equally receive an opportunity to grow in their careers and/or receive public services. The County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors strives to ensure the County is in compliance with state, local and federal laws and policies related to EEO. The Board of Supervisors consistently continues to work toward eliminating harassment and discrimination in the workplace and the community by promoting equality and diversity.

The Board of Supervisors has assigned the responsibility of ensuring compliance of laws and diversity efforts to the County Executive Officer. This responsibility was allocated to the Office of the Diversity, Inclusion and EEO Manager who conducts countywide investigations, seminars and trainings in compliance with federal, state and local laws, as well as takes a proactive approach to ensuring every diverse group feels included. The trainings provide information regarding the County's legal responsibility to comply with such laws pertaining to EEO issues and future goals surrounding Diversity and Inclusion. Mandatory training is provided for County managers, leads, and supervisors every 2 years to maintain compliance with California State Law AB 1825. Training is also provided for non-supervisory staff on a monthly and quarterly basis.

All county staff are encouraged to bring questions and concerns to the Diversity, Inclusion and EEO Manager who is trained to facilitate resolutions, investigate unlawful complaints and make appropriate referrals to other department agencies or organizations.