A part of the Executive Department, the Affirmative Action Office assists the City in achieving workforce parity. The goal is to reflect at all levels, and in all types of positions, the race, sex, disability or other protected status of the labor markets from which employees are drawn. The office of Affirmative Action provides prompt, fair and impartial processing of complaints of discrimination and provides counseling as needed in an effort to mediate interpersonal disputes or conflicts with Equal Employment Opportunity implications.
The Affirmative Action Director assists department heads in setting and achieving affirmative action goals, specifically in recruiting; hiring, promoting and retaining qualified employees. The director also reviews and signs-off on all employment transactions; submits reports to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD); and prepares bi-annual reports for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Minority Business Enterprise Program (MBE)
The Affirmative Action Office monitors construction contracts in excess of $50,000 to ensure that at least 10 percent of contract or sub-contract business is awarded to minority owned businesses certified by the State Office of Minority Business & Women Assistance (SOMBWA).
Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (AAAC)
An advisory committee appointed by the City Manager to oversee the City's affirmative action plan, this committee is made up of residents, employees and members of the business community. The committee meets monthly and members are asked to commit to a term of two years.