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Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

It is the policy of Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department (NKIDHD) to encourage and support equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age (40 or over), HIV/AIDS status, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, family status, smoker status, genetic information or any other legally protected classification.  Employment decisions will be evaluated on the basis of an individual’s skills, knowledge, abilities, job performance, and other legitimate qualifications.  Equal Employment Opportunity is among the highest priorities for NKIDHD.

NKIDHD participates in the affirmative action program (AAP) of the Commonwealth of Kentucky set forth in KRS § 18A.138, which was expanded by Executive Order 2006-402 to ensure that all applicants and employees are afforded equal employment opportunities within the state government. NKIDHD’s AAP reflects the Department’s commitment to both good government and equitable treatment of all NKIDHD employees and applicants seeking employment with NKIDHD. Affirmative action and equal employment opportunity affects all employment practices at NKIDHD including recruiting, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, seniority, termination of employment, and opportunities for professional growth.

I am held responsible for EEO and Affirmative Action performance in this establishment.  As District Director of Health, I am responsible for developing and monitoring affirmative action and other equal employment opportunity programs.  However, management personnel at every level must share in the responsibility for promoting affirmative action and equal employment opportunity to ensure that compliance is achieved.

Harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment is strictly prohibited.  Complaints of harassment will be investigated rapidly and thoroughly and employees who are found to have behaved in such a way will be disciplined, up to possible dismissal from payroll.  Harassment is considered a serious behavior problem and will not be tolerated at NKIDHD.  If you have a complaint of harassment, you may see your immediate supervisor, or any management individual, including our Human Resources Administrator or myself.  You can be assured that we will do all we can to maintain confidentiality, but an investigation will be conducted.  Retaliation for filing a complaint of discrimination (of any kind) is not permitted and will not be tolerated.

Equal opportunity must be part of the fabric of all personnel decisions at NKIDHD.  Successful performance on our affirmative action goals will provide benefits to the company to the full utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources. NKIDHD’s Affirmative Action Plan is available 24/7 on the HR4Employees Google site or by contacting Human Resources during business hours at 859.363.2101 or karen.domaschko@nkyhealth.org.

The Human Resources Administrator will periodically bring this policy to the attention of the supervisory work force who will administer it with a positive attitude.  It remains the responsibility of all supervisors to ensure the affirmative implementation of this policy.
                                                                    
Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH
District Director of Health
July 5, 2011