Welcome to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Mission

    The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) was established in 2018. The mission of the department is to promote a districtwide culture of equal opportunity that is free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. 

    About the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

    The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity provides leadership and guidance to ensure that Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is compliant with applicable civil rights laws and district policies.

    Most visibly, EEO fields and investigates complaints of retaliation, or discrimination, harassment and violence based on membership in a protected class, such as race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

    EEO conducts investigations through an independent, impartial and neutral process. Once the investigation is complete, the results are provided to Human Resources which determines whether follow up action is warranted and what that action will be. 

    Additionally, EEO takes an active role in developing and implementing district initiatives that are compliant with, and promote equal opportunity policies, that help drive a positive school and district culture.

    Director

    The EEO department is an independent department within the district, with the Director reporting directly to the office of the Chief of Staff. The EEO department is new to the District as of November 2018, and its Director is new as well. The Director is an attorney with experience in legal services, government, and formerly worked as a civil rights investigator specializing in employment investigations for a local administrative agency.

    A primary function of the department is to investigate complaints arising under the District’s 415 policy (“Discrimination, Harassment, Violence, and Retaliation Policy”). Investigations undertaken by the department are completely separate from Human Resources investigations. However, like Human Resources investigations, EEO serves as a neutral fact finder during investigations, and does not take either 'side' in a complaint. 

    The director also serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator, and is responsible for the administrative and investigative duties relating to investigating complaints arising under relevant statutes.

Megan Sheppard

Contact Information

  • Megan Hyeon-Ha Sheppard, Esq.,
    Director Equal Employment Opportunity
    Saint Paul Public Schools
    360 Colborne St.
    Saint Paul, MN, 55102

    PHONE: 651-744-2665

    EMAIL: megan.sheppard@spps.org

  • The information below is a summary of the District’s 415.00 policy and investigative process. Please refer to Policy 415.00 for additional details about how 415 complaints can be filed and the individuals responsible for investigating and responding to complaints.

  • What is a 415 complaint?

  • How do I file a 415 complaint?

  • Can a 415 complaint be filed anonymously?

  • Am I required to report a 415.00 violation?

  • What does the 415.00 investigation process look like?

  • How long will the investigation take?

  • What happens when an investigation is over?

  • How many complaints can I file?