On June 16, 1984, the County Board adopted a revised comprehensive Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to provide the full and equitable utilization of human resources in County employment. The policy should result in increased representation of minorities and women in all occupations at all levels in the Arlington County workforce.
Under the policy, employment decisions and actions that work to the disadvantage of members of a particular racial, gender, or ethnic group will be reduced and systematically eliminated. In addition, an Affirmative Action Plan will identify impediments to equal employment and will provide goals and timetables along with strategies for achieving equal employment objectives within Arlington County.
The implement effectively the equal employment opportunity policy, an active partnership must be created between Arlington County citizens and employees. This shared commitment to equal employment opportunity, expressed by knowledgeable, active participation in the implementation process, will help ensure an equitable and effective personnel system, which will benefit the community and employees.
To oversee the effective implementation of the policy, the County Board, on February 11, 2012 amended Chapter 31 of the Arlington County Code and created an Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee as a standing committee of the Arlington Human Rights Commission. The committee, which will have employee representation, will have the same functions that the previous Equal Employment Advisory Commission had.
The primary responsibilities of the Committee shall include, but not be limited to the following:
1. Advise the County Board on equal employment opportunity issues;
2. Review the implementation and process of equal employment opportunity under the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Affirmative Action Plan and relevant statutes and legislation;
3. Stimulate community interest and participation of equal employment opportunity objectives;
4. Conduct joint annual reviews, in consultation with appropriate bodies and staff on issues of equal employment opportunity with County employment;
5. Maintain liaison with other interested advisory Committees for review of items of special interest to equal employment objectives;
6. Propose recommendations to the County Board to promote and enhance equal employment opportunity in County employment;
7. Submit an annual report to the County Board within sixty (60) days after the closing of each fiscal year outlining the activities of the Committee.
Roland Watkins, Chair
Tiffany Joslyn, Commissioner
Helen Connolly, Commissioner
Ron Files, Employee Member
Abe Bibizadeh, Employee Member
ADOPTED ON NOVEMBER 17, 1984
AMENDED ON OCTOBER 18, 1986 (Organization)
AMENDED ON JANUARY 20, 1996 (Organization)