Equal Employment Opportunity

The Modesto City Council is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all employment practices. We fully endorse the policy of equal opportunity and have committed the City of Modesto to provide employees and applicants equal employment opportunities in all departments within the City. The City's Equal Opportunity Plan aims at: identifying and eliminating the effects of any past discrimination; removing any artificial barriers to the employment of women, minorities and disabled persons; developing and implementing employment programs so that the employment of women, minorities and disabled employees at all levels of the City approximates the local labor market; and providing a continuing program of training for all employees.

The City will not participate in discriminatory practices in recruitment, testing, hiring, promotions, training, compensation, layoffs, terminations, or any other conditions of employment based on race, ancestry, color, national origin, religion or creed, disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS) or perceived disability, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), pregnancy-related condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age (40 and above), or political affiliation or belief. Moreover, it is further stated that our non-discrimination policy includes prohibition of harassment (visual, verbal or physical) of an employee based on the conditions enumerated above. It is further stated that there shall be no retaliatory discrimination against those who file complaints against the City or because a person may have protested an alleged discriminatory practice and/or testified or participated in a discrimination investigation.

The City is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to the end that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of proscribed grounds, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity in which the City receives Federal financial assistance. Further the City is in compliance with all state laws and regulations prohibiting harassment and discrimination.

In addition, the City is in compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment positions to undertake military service or certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System.

The City Manager is responsible for the implementation of the Equal Opportunity Plan. The plan includes goals and a monitoring system to measure progress. An active effort will be made to recruit women, minorities and disabled individuals for all employment opportunities within the City.