Equal Opportunity Employment

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Kittitas County will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Kittitas County does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Kittitas County will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

The Board of County Commissioners has designated the Human Resource Director to serve as an equity officer for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment complaints, and other discrimination issues.

Any employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their immediate supervisor or the Human Resource Director. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Grievance

Individuals who believe Kittitas County has discriminated against them because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability are encouraged to utilize the grievance procedure provided by Kittitas County. No individual shall be penalized or retaliated against in any way by the County for his or her participation in this complaint procedure.

Individuals, who are not employed by Kittitas County, need to submit in writing a formal complaint detailing the alleged discrimination to the Human Resources Department.

All persons who seek the advice and assistance of the equity officer shall have explained to them the grievance procedures provided by the County as well as the existence of external complaint procedures available through state and federal agencies.