April 26, 2012
RESOLUTION 66 - 2012
AFFIRMING THE TOWNSHIP’S CIVIL RIGHTS
POLICY WITH RESPECT TO ALL OFFICIALS,
APPOINTEES, EMPLOYEES, PROSPECTIVE
EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, INDEPENDENT
CONTRACTORS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
THAT COME INTO CONTACT WITH MUNICIPAL
EMPLOYEES, OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Township of Medford to treat the public, employees, prospective employees, appointees, volunteers and contractors in a manner consistent with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations including, but not limited to the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 as subsequently amended, the New Jersey Law against Discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act; and
WHEREAS, the governing body of Township has determined that certain procedures need to be established to accomplish this policy.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
ADOPTED by the Township Council of the
Section One: No official, employee, appointee or volunteer of the Township by whatever title known, or any entity that is in any way a part of the Township shall engage, either directly or indirectly in any act including the failure to act that constitutes discrimination, harassment or a violation of any person’s constitutional rights while such official, employee, appointee volunteer, or entity is engaged in or acting on behalf of the Township’s business or using the facilities or property of the Township.
Section Two: The prohibitions and requirements of this resolution shall extend to any person or entity, including but not limited to any volunteer organization or inter-local organization, whether structured as a governmental entity or a private entity, that receives authorization or support in any way from the Township to provide services that otherwise could be performed by the Township.
Section Three: Discrimination, harassment and civil rights shall be defined for purposes of this resolution using the latest definitions contained in the applicable Federal and State laws concerning discrimination, harassment and civil rights.
Section Four: The Township Manager shall establish written procedures for any person to report alleged discrimination, harassment and violations of civil rights prohibited by this resolution. Such procedures shall include alternate ways to report a complaint so that the person making the complaint need not communicate with the alleged violator in the event the alleged violator would be the normal contact for such complaints.
Section Five: No person shall retaliate against any person who reports any alleged discrimination, harassment or violation of civil rights, provided however, that any person who reports alleged violations in bad faith shall be subject to appropriate discipline.
Section Six: The Township Manager shall establish written procedures that require all officials, employees, appointees and volunteers of the Township as well as all other entities subject to this resolution to periodically complete training concerning their duties, responsibilities and rights pursuant to this resolution.
Section Seven: The Township Manager shall establish a system to monitor compliance and shall report at least annually to the governing body the results of the monitoring.
Section Eight: At least annually, the Township Manager shall cause a summary of this resolution and the procedures established pursuant to this resolution to be communicated within the Township Council. This communication shall include a statement from the governing body expressing its unequivocal commitment to enforce this resolution. This summary shall also be posted on the Township’s web site.
Section Nine: This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Section Ten: A copy of this resolution shall be published in the official newspaper of the Township in order for the public to be made aware of this policy and the Township’s commitment to the implementation and enforcement of this policy.
I hereby certify that the
foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Township Council of the
Katherine E. Burger, CFO / Township Clerk