Employee Investigations Unit


The Employee Investigations Unit, within the Office of Justice and Civil Rights, is responsible for ensuring DSHS complies with federal and state laws and regulations related to civil rights and discrimination against national origin, race, color, language, sex, gender, religion, age, disability, and other protected classes in the workplace.

Notice: In the event you are concerned for your safety in the workplace, DSHS may be able to develop a Safety Plan to address your concerns. Should you wish to receive more information about what this involves, please reach out to your Administration’s assigned Human Resources Business Partner for further discussion.

How to File a Complaint

If you are a DSHS employee and feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you may file a complaint by:

  1. Completing this form and returning it via email to: IRAUComplaints@dshs.wa.gov.
  2. Contacting your HR Representative.
  3. Contacting us using one of the contact methods provided below.

Investigation Process

During an investigation, the claimant and respondent both have the opportunity to present evidence. The investigation may include interviews with witnesses and analysis of documents.  

Investigation Process

Step 1: Initial Complaint Submitted

Step 2: Complete Complaint Request

Step 3: Case Reviewed

Step 4:  Case Accepted – Parties Notified or

Step 4: Case Not Accepted – Parties Notified

Step 5: Case Accepted – Investigator Contacts Complainant or

Step 5: Case Not Accepted – Case Returned to Administration

Step 6: Case Accepted – Interviewing and Fact-finding Occur

Step 7: Investigation Report 18.66 Substantiated or
Step 7: Investigation Report 18.66 Unsubstantiated

Step 8: Case Returned to Administration

DSHS Administrative Policy No. 18.66 Discrimination, Harassment and other Inappropriate Behaviors

Contact Information

Email: IRAUComplaints@DSHS.WA.Gov
Mailing Address:
DSHS Justice and Civil Rights
PO Box 45131
Olympia, WA 98504-5105
Fax: 360-586-0500
Phone: 800-737-0617