Welcome to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
Welcome! 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 and access that is free from unlawful harassment, discrimination, violence, and retaliation.
**Please note, the EEO Office is currently functioning remotely due to the decision to begin the 2020-21 school year in a Distance Learning environment. However, the EEO office and Director are available and able to continue to serve the district community in a remote capacity.
Meet Director Megan Sheppard
About the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) provides leadership and guidance to ensure that Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is compliant with applicable civil rights laws and district policies and procedures.
Most visibly, EEO fields and investigates complaints of retaliation, or discrimination, harassment and violence based on membership in a protected class. As defined in the 415.00 policy, protected classes include, for example, race, national origin, disability, sex, 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 comply with and promote equal opportunity policies, that help drive a positive school and district culture.
EEO 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 also new. The Director holds a master's degree in social work and is also a licensed attorney. She has 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. EEO serves as a neutral fact finder during investigations, and does not take either 'side' in a complaint.
Megan Hyeon-Ha Sheppard, Esq.,
Director Equal Employment OpportunitySaint Paul Public Schools360 Colborne St.Saint Paul, MN, 55102
612-760-1433 (*cell, preferred)
District Policies and Procedures
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 violation?
What does the 415 investigation process look like?
How long will the investigation take?
What happens when an investigation is over?
How many complaints can I file?