Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation (DHR)

What is DHR?


Discrimination is often used to describe a situation where you have been treated unfairly or differently compared to other people. More specifically, discrimination refers to an adverse action against you that is based on your membership in a protected class, done by someone from or in the workplace or the educational setting. Adverse action means an action that has a substantial and material negative impact on someone’s ability to participate in a District program, activity, or employment. Actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset someone does not constitute an adverse action under District regulations.


Harassment is unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct against someone that is of a sexual nature or on the basis of a protected class where the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a workplace or academic environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to a reasonable person.


Retaliation is adverse employment or education action taken against someone based primarily upon an individual’s participation in protected activity such as an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit concerning prohibited conduct, discrimination, or harassment as prohibited by state or federal law.

Protected Class

Protected class refers to a group of people with a common characteristic who are legally protected from employment and educational discrimination on the basis of that characteristic.

Protected classes include, but are not limited to: 

  • Accommodations
  • Age (40 and older)
  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Dating Violence
  • Ethnic Group Identification
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Medical Condition (Incl. cancer & related conditions/genetic characteristics)
  • Mental Disability
  • National Origin
  • Perceived to be in protected category or associated with a member of a protected class
  • Physical Disability
  • Pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding/related medical condition
  • Race
  • Religion (Incl. religious dress/grooming practices/religious observances)
  • Retaliation
  • Sex/Gender
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Stalking
  • Any subsequently-added class protected under Federal or State law
What areas are covered?

It is against the law and the LACCD policy to discriminate against students, employees and applicants in the following areas:

  • Job advertisements
  • Recruitment, applications, screenings, and interviews
  • Hiring, transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall
  • Compensation, assignment, or classification of employees
  • Testing
  • Use of the District's facilities
  • Training and apprenticeship programs
  • Fringe benefits
  • Pay, retirement plans, and disability leave; or other terms and conditions of employment
  • Admission, access, and treatment in all college and district programs and activities

It is also against the law and LACCD policy to engage in sexual misconduct (including but not limited to sexual assault and sexual harassment) with a student, employee, or other individual associated with the District, on property owned or operated by the District, or involving a participant in a District-sponsored event.

Regional Equity & Title IX Officers/DHR Coordinators

To address issues of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on a protected class, LACCD has designated a Regional Equity & Title IX Officers to serve as DHR Coordinators for all District locations. The DHR Coordinators are specially trained to work with individuals who report protected class-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and provide information about resources, support services, and procedural options. To make a report about a specific incident, please contact the Regional Equity & DHR Coordinator below assigned to your college or site within the District.

Dr. Genice Sarcedo-Magruder
DHR Coordinator for Los Angeles City, Los Angeles Harbor, Los Angeles Pierce, Los Angeles Southwest, and West Los Angeles Colleges, and the Educational Services Center (inclusive of all satellite campuses)
Regional Equity & Title IX Officer and Dean
770 Wilshire Boulevard
Attention: Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Angelica Toledo
DHR Coordinator for East Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles Trade-Technical, and Los Angeles Valley Colleges, and Van de Kamp Innovation Center (inclusive of all satellite campuses)
Regional Equity & Title IX Officer and Dean
770 Wilshire Boulevard
Attention: Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Los Angeles, CA 90017

DHR Policy and Procedures

The LACCD Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy, which covers discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on a protected class is in Chapter XV of the Board Rules.

Chapter XV - Armenian
Chapter XV - Chinese
Chapter XV - Farsi
Chapter XV - Spanish

To file a DHR Complaint, you can contact the appropriate DHR Coordinator above or submit a completed Complaint Form by email to LACCD’s Diversity Programs email.

To address and respond to DHR issues, DHR Coordinators follow Administrative Regulation C-14 titled ‘Procedures for Prohibited Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Complaints.’

C-14 - Armenian
C-14 - Chinese
C-14 - Farsi
C-14 - Spanish

​Need Immediate Help?

If you have been a victim of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on a protected class, you have options on how you’d like to proceed. The most important factor is that you are safe and are not in imminent danger. If you believe you are in danger, call 911 or the Sheriff’s Station at your college location. If you need resources or want to discuss your rights and options, please contact your college’s DHR Coordinator.  

Reporting to Law Enforcement

You have the right to file a report with law enforcement as well as the District. You can file a criminal complaint with the Sheriff’s Department at your College or local police department, depending on where the incident took place.

For crimes that occurred on a LACCD property, contact the Sheriff’s Department at your College location.

For crimes that occurred off-campus, contact the local police department or call 911.

File a Complaint with an External Agency

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. DFEH aims to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

To submit a complaint to DFEH, you can create an account and use their interactive online Cal Civil Rights System.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of their membership in a protected class.

You can submit a filing with the EEOC using the EEOC online portal.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

The Office of Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.

You can file a OCR civil rights complaint online.  

The District makes no determination as to whether your concerns can be further reviewed by an external agency, and any questions you have regarding those processes should be directed to those agencies. You may contact those agencies directly by going to the appropriate website provided.​ 

College Specific Resources and Options

Your DHR Coordinators have created flyers for each campus with specific contacts and resources available to those impacted by Title IX (gender-based discrimination or harassment) and DHR concerns.

For additional resources and information, please contact your college’s DHR Coordinator or visit our Resources page.

LACCD Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all LACCD employees and provides free and confidential support and resources. You can also reach the EAP 24 hours a day by phone at 1-800-327-0449.


Los Angeles County Mental Health

24-hour assistance and resources for mental health support in Los Angeles county

  • 1-800-854-7771​

For additional resources and information, please contact your college’s DHR Coordinator or visit our Resources page.​