Director: Jesse L. Burnette
Phone: (716) 858-7542
Erie County Rath Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 625
Buffalo, NY 14202
The Erie County Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is, in part, charged with developing and administering Equal Employment and Affirmative Action programs pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and in accordance with the laws of New York State and the County of Erie. Services and programs are provided for the benefit of all County residents without regard to race, sex, religion, age disability, national origin, marital status, color or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.The EEO Office is responsible for investigation of harassment complaints and monitoring of equal employment and affirmative action policy and procedures for all units of the County government. Mandated reports to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other regulatory authorities are compiled and filed by this office.
The EEO Office audits county contracts for goods, services, and construction to maintain participation goals for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women owned Business Enterprises (MBE). Services are provided to facilitate MBE and WBE access to County contracts. County departments, agencies and administrative units are monitored for compliance with the utilization plan for MBE’s on County contracts for professional, technical and consulting services.
Finally, the EEO Office monitors the County’s personnel and hiring procedures to assure compliance with the County’s affirmative action plan. A job bank is also available to assist county departments and local businesses in recruiting county residents for employment.
The mission of the EEO Office is to help build an inclusive workforce in an environment that fosters dignity and respect for the individual through best customer practices and focus on the taxpayer, and cultivates business and economic development opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.
There are two major EEO services: (1) complaint investigation; and (2) affirmative action administration. Diversity and harassment training is coordinated county-wide through the Department of Personnel.
Training is provided by the Department of Personnel to County employees and supervisors regarding harassment, discrimination, and retaliation policies and practices and managing work place diversity programs. For information on training schedules, please contact Patricia Brammer, Training Coordinator at 858-7675.