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Equal Opportunity Department



The Equal Opportunity Department’s mission is to assist the County Government in creating and managing a diverse organization where respect, empowerment, and inclusion are the way the County does business.


County of Santa Clara will reflect a diverse, inclusive, and harmonious environment where each person is valued.​

Equal Opportunity Department (EOD) provides comprehensive services to the County Organization in compliance with Federal and State laws, and County Policies.  EOD administers a discrimination/harassment complaint process for employees and applicants for employment; administers the County's Reasonable Accommodation Policy and Procedures, and conducts training in the prevention of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation; Diversity, and Reasonable Accommodation. The Equal Opportunity Department develops the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, and develops and administers the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program. 

EOD also provides Conflict Resolution Services (CRS) for County staff and departments.  Our purpose is to support the development of healthy conflict resolution practices at individual, interpersonal and institutional levels. Through our program, we contribute to a harmonious work environment where staff can be happier, healthier and productive within our roles and as a team.  We offer training, facilitated conflict resolution sessions, healing circles, staff coaching, management consulting, and on-going engagements for departments experiencing high levels of conflict and in need of longer-term assistance. 

For further information or to request CRS services contact

Per Santa Clara County’s Public Health Guidance on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Equal Opportunity Department (EOD) staff will telework until further notice

Equal Opportunity Officers are available by telephone.

For assistance call (408) 993 -4840
For urgent matters, EOD Management is available via cell phone:​
Name:  Lisa Holmes
Title:  Equal Opportunity Supervisor, Discrimination & Harassment Investigations
Cellphone Number: (408)334-3801
Name:  Mark Paschal
Title:  Program Manager, Conflict Resolution
Cellphone Number: (669) 287-8934

Name:  Tere Cohn-Hayes
Title:  Equal Opportunity Supervisor, Reasonable Accommodation
Cellphone Number: (408) 493-3212

Name:  Sabahete Kraja
Title:  Director
Cellphone Number: ​(408) 717-0274​
Equal Opportunity Department Locations​

Headquarters (Charcot) CLOSED until further notice
Equal Opportunity Department
2310 North First Street, Suite 101​
San Jose, CA 95131​​
(408) 993-4840
Health & Hospital System- Valley Medical Center (VMC) CLOSED until further notice
Reasonable Accommodations & Discrimination and Harassment Investigations
2325 Enborg Lane, Suite 1H100
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 885-5451

Discrimination and Harassment Investigations CLOSED until further notice
700 Empey Way, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 794-0769
Social Services Agency (SSA) CLOSED until further notice​
333 West Julien Street, 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA
(408) 755-7298


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