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Monday, August 15, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Civil rights to be issue during campaign"

That is the heading to a column today by Ken de la Bastide in the Anderson Herald Bulletin. This paragraph caught my eye:

During a campaign appearance in Anderson, [Democrat John] Gregg said he would sign an executive order extending civil rights protections for members of the LGBT community working for state government.
Perhaps that may not be necessary. One of the "standardized policies" included in this list by the Indiana State Personnel Department is the Affirmative Action Policy Statement, eff. April 26, 2005, originating with Gov. Daniels. It reads:
The State of Indiana is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of applicable state and federal law.

In addition, sexual orientation and gender identity shall not be a consideration in decisions concerning hiring, development, advancement and termination of civilian employees. Further, we will strive to maintain a working environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation.

We commit ourselves, the member(s) of the executive staff, the agency heads and the entire management team throughout state government to move toward ever more progressive affirmative action in state employment. Employment decisions will be made in a manner that will advance the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

In order to ensure this expectation is carried out, I direct all appointing authorities to place affirmative action on their list of agency priorities. In addition, I charge the Director of State Personnel to develop and maintain the necessary programs, record, and reports to comply with laws and regulations and with the goals and objectives of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 15, 2016 10:34 AM
Posted to Indiana Government