Who We Are:
The Municipal Integrity / Affirmative Action / EEO Officer, under the administrative supervision of the personnel director, is responsible to the Mayor. The MI/AA/EEO officer assumes primary responsibility for the interpretation and implementation of, and compliance with the City of East Providence Affirmative Action Plan. The Affirmative Action Officer serves as a direct liaison between the City and its minority communities, civic organizations, the LGBTQ community and special needs individuals. The AA/EEO Provides assistance to assure sensitivity to the needs and problems experienced by these groups. It also investigates and acts upon complaints of employees or citizens who feel they have been treated in a discriminatory manner.
What We Do:
The EEO/AA Officer prepares and disseminates the Affirmative Action Plan and policy, identifies of problem areas where under-representation exists or utilization deficiencies exist.
- Prepares and disseminates the Affirmative Action Plan and Policy, identifies of problem areas where under-representation exists or utilization deficiencies exist.
- Investigates allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, expression, age (40 or older), national origin, disability, veteran status or any other basis protected by State and Federal Law.
- The MI/AA/EEO Officer and Personnel Director work cooperatively in designing and facilitating a training orientation program on the topics of diversity, equal opportunity, harassment/sexual harassment and discrimination. Such training shall be mandatory for all department heads, division heads, supervisors, and employees within one year of their effective date of hire. Additional training on related topics may be included on an as needed basis.
- Works collaboratively with Department Heads and HR office to facilitate recruitment efforts of individuals in protected classes.
- Ensures that all employment practices and decisions, as well as appointments to boards and commissions, are made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy) sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, expression, age (40 or older), national origin, or disability or any other basis protected by State and Federal Law.
- Ensures that all contractors and firms doing business with the city adhere to the applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations governing fair labor and equal employment practices during the performance of their contract.
The MI/AA/EEO Officer also oversees the newly formed Mayor's Community Advisory Board. The Mayor’s Community Advisory Board is to promote communication between communities within the city and the administration, to reduce systemic racism and bigotry and to promote the values of diversity and inclusivity within the city. The Mayor’s Community Advisory Board is empowered to work with and through the office of the Mayor and the Municipal Integrity Officer in order to accomplish any work deemed necessary. In addition to mediating difficulties that may arise amongst city employees and or citizens due to equality issues; the office networks with various state agencies for assistance and translation services are also among the many services offered through the AA/ EEO office.