The City of Medford maintains a sincere commitment to the principles of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and non-discrimination in order to rectify past and present patterns of discrimination. The City recognizes that Equal Employment Opportunity is the law; yet, in addition to that recognition, we believe that equal opportunity is good policy and is a vital ingredient in the growth of the City. This policy applies to every aspect of employment, including the recruitment, hiring and terms and conditions of service of all full-time and part-time municipal employees. Employment decisions shall be made in accordance with state and federal law and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era veteran status, political beliefs, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
Minority and Women Owned Businesses
The City of Medford encourages State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) certified businesses to forward information about their company (in duplicate) to the Diversity Office. The objective of the City of Medford’s MBE/WBE Program is to ensure participation by MBE’s/WBE’s in City contracts for goods, services and supplies. This objective is based in part on the availability of MBE’s/WBE’s with expertise in these areas. The Diversity Director, who also serves as the Contract Compliance Officer, will work with the Purchasing Agent to identify the needs of the various City Departments for supplies, goods, and services, and to match them with available MBE’s/WBE’s.
The City of Medford is committed to Fair Housing for all its residents. Fair housing is equal access to housing opportunities as well as the prohibition of discriminatory practices. The federal Fair Housing Act and the Massachusetts Chapter 151B protect the rights of persons from discrimination in housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is responsible for the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, has deemed MA Chapter 151B as substantially equivalent to the federal act. This means that the Massachusetts fair housing law and its regulations as enforced by the MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) offers equal or greater protection to all the covered classes.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
The City of Medford maintains a sincere commitment to the principles of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination. The City realizes that Equal Opportunity is the law, yet in addition to that recognition, we believe that equal opportunity is a good policy and is a vital ingredient in the growth of the City. This policy applies to every aspect of employment including the recruitment, hiring, terms and conditions of service of all full time and part time municipal employees. Employment decisions shall be made in accordance with state and federal law and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era Veteran status, political beliefs, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
It is the express purpose of this policy to provide persons with equal employment opportunities. Medford’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs provide for such access.
Sexual Harassment Policy Statement
The City of Medford believes in the dignity of the individual and recognizes the right of all people to equal opportunities. Sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Opportunity Commission as, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature”. It creates a negative, harmful work environment and therefore will not be tolerated in this municipality. We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtones that interfere with their work, productivity, and general sense of well-being.
As with harassment involving race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era Veteran status, or disability, the City of Medford will not tolerate, nor condone sexual harassment of its employees in any form, whether committed by supervisors, employees, or non-employees. All employees must take the necessary steps to prevent its occurrence. Sexual harassment can include a wide range of unwanted behavior. Examples of its subtle forms include sexual teasing, remarks, jokes, or questions; and sexually suggestive comments, gestures, or materials of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can also include requests for dates, requests for sexual favors, and sexual assault.
All employees are expected to support this policy and assist the City in implementing our Affirmative Action programs.