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Subject:           Equal Opportunity Environment          

Date:                July 18, 2002

 

Purpose:         Promotion of understanding, respect, fairness, dignity and positive outlook for all individuals, regardless of position, ethnicity, disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, or cultural background.

In recognition of our diverse workforce and community at-large, the City of Corpus Christi issues this statement toward the awareness and application of mutual respect, People First language, and inclusion for all persons in providing City services, programs, and activities.

We, all City of Corpus Christi personnel and City officers, pledge to do our individual and collective utmost to refrain from any negative conduct, language, or expression of opinions based on one's ethnicity, disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, or cultural background that would be perceived by a reasonable person as disrespectful, derogatory, offensive, or demeaning.

We, the employees of the City of Corpus Christi, pledge to display respect and understanding toward one another, our customers, and visitors while conducting City business, providing City services, and during City- sponsored activities and do so without regard to ethnicity, disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, or cultural background.

We, the employees of the City of Corpus Christi, shall continuously strive to respectfully embrace and promote a more considerate, fair, and inclusive environment. Our environment portrays various ethnic, cultural, disability, race, color, religion, gender, and age differences, and yet it distinctly represents each of us. We can pursue and maintain life, liberty, and happiness, as promised, in a diverse community and diverse workplace.

This policy statement is both a pledge and a challenge for us to continue to build and maintain an understanding environment of diverse people and backgrounds through the promotion of People First language, inclusion, and mutual respect. It is also to serve as a reminder that the City of Corpus Christi maintains policies against discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, and that violations of these policies will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.