Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners to subscribe to the national principles of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. This policy is designed to reaffirm its commitment and is implemented to ensure that:
- All recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion of persons employed by Sarasota County, in all positions, are accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, gender identification or sexual orientation.
- This policy has the personal commitment of the county administrator and all managers and supervisors are expected to support this commitment.
Discrimination & Harassment
The work environment can greatly influence the quality and quantity of work performed. The work environment can affect the success or failure of programs, services, and activities of Sarasota County Government (SCG). It is the policy of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners to ensure a workplace free of discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, gender identification or sexual orientation.
Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action does not end with the recruitment, hiring, including and promoting of a diversified workforce, but is an ongoing sustained commitment to influencing the behaviors, actions, and working relationships of the entire workforce.
Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures
Read the Sarasota County: Non Discrimination/Complaint Procedure
The leaders within Sarasota County Government intend for the organization to become an “employer of choice” for highly motivated and talented employees and job candidates. It is the desire of our leaders for employees, job applicants, other stakeholders, and the public to find the county’s work culture and environment professional, respectful, supportive and free of hostile, intimidating and/or offensive acts, behavior, and comments.
Any job applicant or employee who believes he or she has been unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability or believes he or she has been harassed, is encouraged to bring their concerns to the county’s attention immediately.
Concerns and/or allegations such as these may be filed as complaints with one of the following persons:
- Immediate supervisor of the employee who allegedly committed the offense.
- Next higher level manager above the affected immediate supervisor.
- General manager of Human Resources.
- Workforce Diversity coordinator.
Complaints of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment, including sexual harassment, should be filed and will be investigated in accordance with the county’s internal Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination and (Sexual) Harassment Complaint Procedure.