DHHS emphatically states that it will provide equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information or political affiliation, except where religion, sex or age are bona fide job related employment requirements. This is in keeping with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Federal Executive Order 11246; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; NCGS §126-16 and 126-17; and other applicable Federal and State laws.
In furtherance of this policy, the Department of Health and Human Services will assure that all employment practices of the agency will be administered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, genetic information or political affiliation and that these practices shall include, but are not limited to:
- Recruitment, including advertising, or soliciting for employment;
- Selection, hiring, and placement;
- Treatment during employment including compensation, promotion and reallocation;
- Evaluate work performance;
- Administer all personnel actions including compensation, benefits, tuition assistance, training, transfer, reduction-in-force, termination, and promotion without regard race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information or political affiliation;
- Prohibit retaliatory action of any kind taken by any employee of the Department of Health and Human Services against any other employee or applicant for employment because that person made a charge, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in a hearing, proceeding or investigation of employment discrimination; and
- Assure the Department of Health and Human Services provides reasonable accommodation for applicants and/or employees with a disability when doing so will enable them to successfully perform the essential job functions or benefit from training.
- Discourage and prevent harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or genetic information.
- Ensure greater utilization of all persons by identifying the underutilized groups in the workforce and making special efforts to increase their participation in recruitment, selection, training and development, upward mobility programs, and any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
DHHS encourages open and effective communication between an employee and supervisor. All employees are encouraged to resolve problems through informal discussion with appropriate staff members or management.