The agenda and minutes can be found here.

NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC MEETING DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH EMERGENCY PALM BEACH COUNTY ADVISORY COMMISSION ON WOMEN BOARD MEETING

 

Pursuant to Governor's Executive Order 20-69, this meeting is being conducted virtually on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. There will be no opportunity to attend the meeting in person. Below is information on how you can join the virtual meeting:
 
Meeting No. (Access Code): 160 806 6750
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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Public comments can be submitted in advance of the meeting to Pamela Guerrier at Pguerrie@pbcgov.org For additional information, please contact Pamela Guerrier (561) 355-4884.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this public meeting should contact Pamela Guerrier at (561) 355-4884 no later than two (2) business days prior to such meeting.

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Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), effective immediately, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) office is closed for walk-in visits but is still conducting intake interviews and assisting individuals over the telephone.  This action minimizes the health risks to County employees and the public while ensuring that no individual loses their rights under the laws that we enforce. Preserving access to being able to file a charge of discrimination or complaint is important because the laws the OEO enforces have deadlines within which individuals must file discrimination charges or complaints.

If you would like to begin the process of filing a charge or complaint of discrimination, you are encouraged to visit the OEO's website (www.pbcgov.com/equalopportunity) to complete the applicable questionnaire.  Additionally, you may also contact the OEO at (561)-355-4884 or (561)-355-1517 (TTY/TDD) to begin the process of filing a charge or complaint of discrimination or if you have a disability or you otherwise have difficulty with accessing our website.

For more information, please visit pbcgov.com/equalopportunity/ or contact Pamela Guerrier at (561)-355-4884 or Pguerrie@pbcgov.org.

 


Calling All Entries for Fair Housing Poster

​Calling All Entries for Fair Housing Poster,
Poem, Essay and Video Contest

Grades 3 through 12 invited to participate


“Fair Housing: Unity in the Community” is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month poster, poem, essay and audio-visual contest. The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors® and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Students in Palm Beach County are urged to create a poster, poem, essay or video that conveys the message that it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing because of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Students may submit only one entry for each category no later than 5 p.m. on March 13.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students may submit a poster and/or poem; sixth, seventh and eighth-graders may submit a poster, poem and/or essay; and ninth through 12th grade students may submit an essay, poem and/or video.

All participants will receive five community service hours for each entry submitted.

First place winners in elementary and middle school will be awarded $100 cash. High school first place winners will be awarded a Tablet PC. Second place winners receive at least $50 at each level, and third place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each level.

Winners will be announced on April 3, and prizes will be awarded on April 15 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors®, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.

For contest rules and more information, please click here.

 


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Office of Equal Opportunity Announces Requests for Proposals
for the Handicap Accessibility Awareness Grant Program for FY 2021

Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to improve accessibility and equal opportunity and promote or increase awareness of the rights and ambitions of persons with disabilities through an Awareness Program. Deadline for submission is September 16, 2020 by 4 p.m. Please click here for more information or call (561) 355-4884.


Office of Equal Opportunity's Mission Statement

The Office of Equal Opportunity's (OEO) mission is to promote a discrimination free quality of life for Palm Beach County residents through educating and advocating a policy of nondiscrimination and enforcing local, state and federal civil rights laws.

OEO is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or familial status and gender identity or expression. Additionally, OEO provides human relations training and referral services. OEO is a federally recognized equivalent agency under the federal civil rights laws - Title VII (employment discrimination cases) and Title VIII (fair housing cases). Through OEO, Palm Beach County residents have direct access to protection of civil rights laws.

OEO also is responsible for the County's Disability Accessibility program. This program assures that County government and countywide organizations and public facilities maintain compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by enforcing the County's Handicapped Parking Program and helps to remedy discrimination against persons with disabilities in housing, access to facilities and services, employment and all other areas of equal access.


​Office of Equal Opportunity Partners with the Office of Equal Business Opportunity to Conduct Outreach Regarding Proposed Expansion for Equal Employment Protection

 
The county's current definition of “employer" protects employees and job applicants only where a person who is regularly engaged in an industry affecting commerce has 15 or more employees. Join the Office of Equal Opportunity for a virtual presentation on the proposed change to the County's Equal Employment Ordinance to revise that definition from 15 to five employees.

Sessions are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 16 and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Friday, Oct. 9, Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct 15, 2020. 

Register for morning sessions (11 a.m. to noon) in advance:
https://pbcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc-ioqj0vGdJxchRUQbP_Gv-RJGNJJh86

 
Register for evening sessions (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) in advance:
https://pbcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpduqorT8qH9ZNJC5DuVXQuiAZdwuwoI-N

 
Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  For questions regarding registration, please contact Antonia Smith at 561-712-6671 or asmith5@pbcgov.org.

For more details, please visit pbcgov.com/equalopportunity/ or contact Pamela Guerrier at 561-355-4884 or Pguerrie@pbcgov.org.


2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey!

Wanting to be responsive to the specific concerns and needs of women in Florida, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women asks women to share about the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives through the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey. Available through November 30, 2019, they survey coincides with the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Listening Tour. The questionnaire is brief – it takes just a few minutes to complete – and it will give us important feedback to share with local, state and national leaders, and help us focus our future educational and collaborative efforts on the issues that matter most to women in Florida. Please click on this link and take the survey, then share it with your friends, colleagues, associates, networks. The survey will close on November 30, so don't miss this important opportunity to be heard. Please contact Kelly Sciba at ksciba@fcsw.net for more information regarding Voices of Florida Women.
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