It is the responsibility of all Hennepin County employees and volunteers to create, promote and maintain work environments in which all are respected, valued and welcomed.
Values and intent
Respect is a basic building block of every organization. Respect for one another is fundamental to getting work done in effective, efficient and innovative ways. Consistent with the Mission and Vision of the Board of Commissioners, Hennepin County will
- Recognize similarities, respect and value differences among all employees, volunteers, union representatives, clients, customers and vendors
- Strive to ensure a respectful work environment free of all forms of discrimination, including harassment, and workplace bullying
- Promote a cooperative work environment that fosters a positive attitude toward the provision of services
Rights and responsibilities
Hennepin County is committed to providing public services and a workplace free from
- Discrimination based on an individual's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or public assistance status
- Harassment, including sexual and racial harassment
- Workplace bullying
Hennepin County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in recruitment, employment, retention and promotion of persons from diverse backgrounds, including groups that are underrepresented or that previously have been given limited consideration for employment.
Hennepin County supports and will help to enforce the prohibitions against discrimination found in the state/federal civil rights laws, including the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
All Hennepin County employees and volunteers will foster environments that demonstrate and support respect and eliminate workplace bullying and discrimination in the workplace.
Violations of this policy will not be tolerated. Any employee or volunteer found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.
Employees and volunteers making a complaint will not be subject to retaliation as a result of making the complaint.
County managers and supervisors are responsible for investigating any reported situation of discrimination, including harassment and workplace bullying, and taking prompt and appropriate corrective action, which can include informal resolution or more formal action.
All county managers and supervisors are also responsible for monitoring their work environments by promptly addressing all reports and observations of disrespectful behavior and discrimination, including harassment and workplace bullying.
County managers and supervisors will receive training and, as a regular part of their performance appraisals, an evaluation of their efforts in regard to this policy.
Equal Employment Opportunity
State/Federal laws guarantee all people the equal right to apply and be considered for job opportunities, regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or public assistance status.
Hennepin County is an equal opportunity employer.