Equal Opportunity in Employment and Service Delivery

It is the policy of Manitowoc County to comply with the equal opportunity policy and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health Services and the Department of Workforce Development and all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations related to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery. 

Employment
No otherwise qualified person shall be excluded from employment, be denied the benefits of employment, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in employment in any manner on the basis of age (over 40), race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, disability or association with a person with a disability, arrest record, conviction record, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or child birth, military participation, genetic testing, submitting to honesty testing, or use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours.  Employees may not be harassed in the workplace based on their protected status nor retaliated against for filing a complaint, for assisting with a complaint, or for opposing discrimination in the workplace. 

Service Delivery 
No otherwise qualified applicant for service or program participant shall be excluded from participation, be denied benefits, or otherwise be subject to discrimination in any manner on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs or disability.  No employee or other person shall intimidate, threaten, coerce or discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured under one of the applicable civil rights laws, or because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing under one of the applicable civil rights laws.  Program access for persons with disabilities is covered in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.  Political belief or affiliation is protected under the Food Stamp Act of 1997 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.  This policy covers eligibility for access to service delivery, and to treatment in all programs, services and activities.  All employees are expected to support the goals and programmatic activities relating to nondiscrimination in service delivery. 

The Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Laws prohibit recipients of certain federal financial assistance from discrimination against health care providers because of the provider's refusal or willingness to participate in sterilization procedures or abortions contrary to or consistent with the provider's religious beliefs or moral convictions.  This protection applies to both employment and service delivery.

Questions Regarding Equal Opportunity Rules, Regulations and Policies
Should be directed to Sharon Cornils, Equal Opportunity Coordinator who can be reached at 920-683-4063 or by email.

Information about the discrimination complaint resolution process is available to you upon request.