[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford 6-17-1991 as Ord. No. 1991-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration — See Ch. 5.
Pursuant to the guidelines set forth by the Federal Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1604 et seq., the following conduct, on the part of the township, its agents, servants and employees, is hereby proscribed and declared to be in violation of this chapter:
To refuse to hire, promote or to otherwise adversely affect an individual based on sexual stereotype or preference. With regard to the Department of Public Safety, this provision shall not be read to conflict with the established departmental promotional policy which requires that due consideration be given to length, merit and seniority of service, personnel file review and input from Lieutenants and Captains, subject to the provisions contained at Chapter 5 of the Township Code.
Discrimination against a township employee regarding rate of pay, benefits or other incidents of employment.
The classification of jobs as male or female or the maintenance of separate progression or seniority lists based on sex.
To advertise for employment with the township in a way that indicates preference, limitation, specification or discrimination based on sex unless sex is a bona fide occupational qualification for the particular job.
To make preemployment inquiries for township employment which address any limitation or specification as to sex.
To make unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, where the conduct is harassing.
Submission to said conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment;
The employee's response to such conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or
The harassing conduct unreasonably effects or interferes with the individual's work performance by creating a hostile environment.
All claims, instances and allegations of the type of conduct referenced above shall be reported, either by the individual at whom the conduct is directed, or any other employee with personal knowledge of the conduct, to the employee's department head, who, in turn, shall report the same to the Township Manager pursuant to Section 17.3 of Article XVII of the Medford Township Employees' Handbook. A complaint or grievance shall be signed by the aggrieved party. With regard to the Department of Public Safety, the reporting of such conduct shall follow the Department's chain of command as set forth in the Township Code, at Chapter 5, and the departmental rules and regulations, which are incorporated herein. There will be no discharge, suspension or retaliation taken in response to an employee's good-faith reporting of such conduct as set forth in § 24-1.
Editor's Note: The Employees' Handbook is on file in the office of the Township Clerk.
In all such matters reported involving employees within the Department of Public Safety, that Department shall follow the internal investigation, hearing and disciplinary procedure as set forth in Chapter 5 of the Township Code, which is incorporated herein. With regard to all complaints from all other Township Departments and employees, the procedure set forth in Article XVII of the Medford Township Employees' Handbook is to be followed and is incorporated by reference herein.