Diversity Policy

The Seattle Public Library is committed to creating and maintaining a workforce that gives open expression to the Library's organizational values and brings a rich diversity of peoples and talents to the accomplishment of the Library's Mission.

Policy Statement
The Seattle Public Library is committed to providing a workplace environment free of discrimination. The Library shall administer its employment programs so that access, selection, and advancement opportunities are made available to applicants and employees based on their relative knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, age, creed, veteran's status, religion, ancestry, national origin or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability.

This policy extends to all areas of employment and to all other personnel actions. These include recruitment, selection and placement, compensation, promotion and transfer, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs, disciplinary and corrective action measures, demotions, termination, layoffs, training, working conditions, awards and benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

The implementation of this policy is a high priority in the day to day operations of the Human Resource Department. It is supported by the Diversity Action Plan approved by the City Librarian. The Plan's primary purpose is to ensure that equal employment opportunity and equitable treatment are a reality in the Seattle Public Library. The Plan guides those actions taken by the Library to maintain and honor a highly qualified diverse workforce.

The Director of Human Resources serves as Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and is responsible for administering and monitoring the Library's affirmative action program and for reporting on a periodic basis the results of the program. This involves the implementation and maintenance of a system that monitors the effectiveness of the Plan, and for reporting progress to the City Librarian and the Seattle Public Library community. The HR Director will report the results to the City Librarian at least once a year and will meet with the Library's Diversity Committee to share those results, as requested.

The City Librarian will review the Diversity Action Plan, its implementation and effectiveness as often as necessary but at least annually.

The Diversity Action Plan outlines the Library's policies and guidelines, and is intended to assist the Library in complying with federal, state and city statutes and regulations. Nothing herein creates contractual obligations or enforceable promises on the part of the Library of any type whatsoever, nor is the Plan intended to create elements of an express or implied employment relationship. Employees may not rely on the provisions of this Plan to create contractual obligations, enforceable promises or an express or implied employment relationship. The provisions of the Diversity Action Plan will be periodically reviewed and may be changed after consultation and discussion with staff and with approval from the City Librarian.

The Library accepts its obligation to comply with applicable statutes, examples of which include, but are not limited to, the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, the City of Seattle Fair Employment Practices Ordinance, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Disability Act, the Equal Pay Act, and all applicable legislation and related statues and regulations that may be enacted or amended.

Applicable legislation and related statutes and regulations may be obtained from the City's Equal Employment Opportunity Office or the Library's Human Resources Department.

This policy supersedes Seattle Public Library Policy #8a: Personnel -- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, dated January 17, 1977.

Date Adopted: September 26, 2000
Supersedes Policy: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy adopted January 17, 1977