Human Resource Services Volunteer Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator
Pictured from left to right: County Executive Officer Frank Kim & Honoree Bart Bartlett.
Bart Bartlett retired from the County of Orange in 2009 following a successful career that spanned more than 40 years and continued to contribute his time, talent and expertise to the County by serving as a volunteer Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Investigator with Human Resource Services (HRS) EEO Access Office. Following retirement, Bart volunteered countless hours of service often logging in more than 30 hours per week.
Bart assisted the EEO Access Office by conducting investigations of discrimination, hostile work place, disability and retaliation complaints; preparing respondent position statements for complaints received from compliance agencies (DFEH & EEOC); and providing guidance on EEO issues to HRS central operations and satellite team managers and staff. Every investigation required preparation of a written report memorializing the investigative steps, findings and recommendations.
Over the years, Bart worked with staff to provide guidance and counsel to County human resource professionals on EEO and disability issues, including complaint investigation processes; proper and legal process to follow in conducting “interactive process meetings” to accommodate individuals with disabilities and work restrictions; and consultation on return to work issues.
The EEO Access Office is a very high-volume, labor-intensive operation with a small staff and many deadlines. Complaint investigation is one of the division’s critical responsibilities. Bart investigated numerous complaints and prepared written reports for review, thereby reducing backlog and ensuring thorough and timely customer service.
Bart’s long-term commitment to the County of Orange and to its employees is evident through his many years of service both as an employee and as a volunteer EEO Investigator. His significant accomplishments and ability to provide professional-level support to managers and staff demonstrate the importance of volunteer involvement within County government and the value that citizen participation brings to our workforce.
Thank you and congratulations to Bart Bartlett, recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Volunteerism Award!
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