(a)   Council formally declares that the City will hire and promote its employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap, except where age or handicap would be an obvious and bona fide obstacle to expected and required job performance, and furthermore will continue to recruit, hire and develop the best qualified persons available for the jobs involved, basing its judgments on job-related qualifications, because artificial barriers of personal attitudes and customs cannot be permitted to affect matters of employment practices.
   (b)   The City pledges itself to ensure that all activities relative to recruitment, hiring and promoting are undertaken to effect the principle of equal opportunity and that only valid requirements are imposed when promotional opportunities exist. Further, all matters related to compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, recall from layoffs and training will be free from any and all discriminatory practices. In addition, all facilities of the City will be available to all employees on a nondiscriminatory basis.
   (c)   The Director of Personnel, by direction of the Mayor, shall have overall responsibility for the implementation of the City's Affirmative Action Plan. With the cooperation of appropriate personnel, the Director of Personnel shall conduct periodic reviews to determine whether or not Affirmative Action goals are being achieved. Reports of these reviews shall be the basis for appropriate action to correct deficiencies.
   (d)   Outside sources of recruitment, when utilized, shall be informed that the City is an equal opportunity employer and that legal advertisements for bids shall include the wording “AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER” and that equal opportunity clauses shall be included in all major single purchase orders, leases and contracts for two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or more.
   (e)   The Clerk of Council shall post, or have posted, a copy of this section on all departmental bulletin boards and provide a copy to all employees of the City, as well.
(Res. 1976-8. Passed 6-14-76.)