Chapter 3.57
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Sections:

3.57.010    Statement of policy.

3.57.020    Duties of county executive.

3.57.030    Duties of personnel department.

3.57.040    Duties of chief officers.

3.57.050    Duties of departmental affirmative action representatives.

3.57.060    Preparation of affirmative action plan.

3.57.070    Content of affirmative action plan.

3.57.080    Grievance procedure.

3.57.090    Affirmative action program of county contractors and subcontractors.

3.57.100    Copies of other laws.

3.57.010 Statement of policy.

(1) It is the policy of Snohomish county to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment, and to assure that there is no discrimination against any person on the basis of his or her race, color, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability in accordance with state and federal laws. This policy extends to all areas of employment and to all relations with employees, including recruitment, selection, compensation, discipline, demotion, layoff, termination, testing, training, working conditions, awards, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.

(2) As part of its commitment to equal employment opportunity, Snohomish county will rigorously take affirmative action to eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity encountered by women and racial minorities and to improve employment opportunities available to specific underutilized groups of women and racial minorities.

(3) In implementing this chapter, Snohomish county will carry out applicable federal, state, and local laws relating to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987; Amended Ord. 01-126, December 19, 2001, Eff date January 3, 2002).

3.57.020 Duties of county executive.

(1) The county executive is responsible for providing leadership and administrative direction to implement the provisions of this chapter.

(2) The county executive shall recommend an affirmative action plan for adoption by the county council. In addition, the county executive shall recommend necessary amendments to this chapter and changes in staff or funding needed to comply with the affirmative action plan.

(3) The county executive shall consider the progress of an executive department in meeting affirmative action goals a significant factor in evaluating the performance of the chief officer of that department.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.030 Duties of personnel department.

(1) The director of personnel or his or her designee shall be the county’s affirmative action officer and shall coordinate the affirmative action efforts of the county.

(2) The director of personnel shall monitor the affirmative action plan adopted under this chapter and shall, at least annually after consulting with departmental affirmative action representatives, submit a written report to the county executive containing appropriate recommendations for affirmative action.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.040 Duties of chief officers.

The chief officer of each executive department is responsible for implementation of the affirmative action plan within his or her department. The chief officer shall designate one or more affirmative action representatives for the department and shall provide adequate time for each affirmative action representative to effectively carry out his or her duties under this chapter.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.050 Duties of departmental affirmative action representatives.

(1) Each departmental affirmative action representative shall:

(a) maintain a liaison with the personnel department relating to affirmative action;

(b) participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of departmental affirmative action programs;

(c) attend meetings called by the director of personnel or his or her designee; and

(d) perform such other duties as the chief officer may assign.

(2) A departmental affirmative action representative shall report directly to the chief officer of his or her department on all matters concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.060 Preparation of affirmative action plan.

(1) On or before June 1 of each year, the county executive shall submit to the county council an affirmative action plan or plan update for the following calendar year. (2) The county council will adopt an affirmative action plan or plan update for each calendar year.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.070 Content of affirmative action plan.

The affirmative action plan submitted by the county executive under SCC 3.57.060(1) must contain the following elements:

(1) equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policy;

(2) internal and external dissemination of policy;

(3) responsibility for implementation;

(4) utilization analysis, including work force analysis and availability analysis;

(5) identification of problem areas, if any;

(6) goals and timetables;

(7) development of programs to eliminate problems and achieve goals;

(8) internal audit and reporting system; and

(9) support of programs.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.080 Grievance procedure.

The director of personnel shall establish an employee grievance procedure to remedy violations of this chapter where an employee grievance procedure is not otherwise available by law or collective bargaining agreement.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.090 Affirmative action program of county contractors and subcontractors.

Any contractor or subcontractor entering into a contractual relationship with Snohomish county is subject to applicable federal and state laws governing equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).

3.57.100 Copies of other laws.

The personnel department shall, as it deems appropriate, maintain copies of federal and state statutes, executive orders, administrative regulations, and other documents relating to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for inspection by county employees.

(Added Ord. 87-084, September 16, 1987).