[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 2-4-1995 (Ch. III, § 2, 3-02-03, of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Equal employment opportunity (EEO) is a well-known household phrase throughout our community and the nation. The Town Council totally supports the concept of EEO. In addition, we are constantly reminded by the media of the importance and the urgency of our responsibilities in this vital matter. To change the many words spoken and printed on the subject to an active and effective EEO program requires imagination, a true sense of fair play and the will of a dynamic management team to make the program work. The EEO program goal in Glocester is a total dedication by all concerned to equitably consider qualified personnel for employment, promotion, training and any other personnel action which offers immediate or future opportunity to any individual for a better job or improvement in his or her well-being. The Council, without reservation, encourages all levels of management to be constantly aware of their responsibilities and opportunities to become personally involved in an equal employment opportunity program which will show measurable results. It is not enough to demonstrate a willingness "to go along" with the program; it is imperative that we, as a team, achieve tangible results. People are our most important resource, regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex or national origin. We must think and act positively to support this important program; the full and effective utilization of the potential of our community's manpower resources depends on it.
It is the firm and forthright policy of the Town of Glocester to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program. This policy does not simply involve the consideration of women and minority group persons (primarily American Indians, Negroes, Orientals and Spanish Americans) who apply to the Town for employment, but it requires that the Town conduct special recruitment efforts to seek out and hire minority group members and women with career potential. It also encompasses training and development programs to eliminate underutilization of employees presently in the Town. Discrimination against any employee or qualified applicant for employment because of race, creed, age, color, sex or national origin is prohibited.
Also prohibited is discrimination because of politics, marital status and physical handicap. All discrimination complaints will be promptly, fairly and impartially considered, and no reprisals will be allowed against a complainant or any representative testifying in the complainant's behalf. Complainants, in turn, must accept their obligation to support their allegation of discrimination in a temperate and factual manner.
The Town of Glocester declares and reaffirms a policy of equal employment opportunity, and of nondiscrimination in the provision of all services to the public.
Equal employment opportunity. The Town of Glocester will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on grounds of race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, or other factors which cannot be lawfully used as the basis of employment decisions.
Affirmative action in employment. The Town of Glocester undertakes a program of affirmative action, to which good faith efforts will be directed to:
Determine the extent to which minorities and women are underutilized in major categories;
Identify and eliminate the specific causes of such underutilization;
Identify and eliminate all employment practices which have an adverse impact on minorities, women and others protected by applicable law;
Replace such practices by others which are based on merit and valid job qualifications;
Develop substantial applicant pools of validly qualified minorities and women, by recruitment efforts and other means to ensure that sufficient numbers of these groups are included to help reduce their underutilization;
Develop, through recruitment efforts and other measures, applicant pools in which handicapped persons and Vietnam-era veterans are represented equitably;
Project goals and timetables to include estimates of the representation of minorities and women likely to result from the operation of this affirmative action plan; and
Establish organizational structures and monitoring systems which will assure effective operation of the affirmative action program, achievement of its goals, and means for modification of the plan as needed.
Nondiscrimination in public service.
The Town of Glocester reaffirms its policy on nondiscrimination, on the basis of minority status, sex or other impermissible grounds, in the provision of all services provided to members of the public by all agencies and facilities of the Town.
The Town commits itself to a continuing program to assure that unlawful discrimination does not occur in the service it renders to the public and that those sectors of the public most affected by this policy be kept informed of its contents.
Through the policies and programs set forth in this plan, the Town undertakes to comply fully with all applicable federal and state laws relating to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and nondiscrimination in public services.
This plan specifically addresses the obligations of the Town under the following laws and regulations:
Title VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended;
Executive Order 11246, as amended;
Revised Order #4;
The Equal Pay Act of 1963;
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
The Vietnam Era Veterans Rehabilitation Act of 1974;
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
R.I.G.L. Chapter 28-5-5.