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Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity Office

The goal of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office is to provide for a diverse, non-discriminatory environment of equal employment opportunity.

The Office is charged with reporting and overseeing allegations of discriminatory harassment.  Trained counselors are located in each prison and fieldwork location through which complaints can be filed and investigations made.  Discriminatory harassment training is required for all Department employees.  Through training and enforcement of the Department's stringent rules against discrimination and harassment, staff in the Department's EEO office work toward ensuring an environment free of discrimination and hostility.

The EEO Office serves as the Department's coordinator for the Traumatic Incident Stress Management (TISM) Program and the Work/Life Services Program.  The TISM program provides services to employees who may have been exposed to a traumatic event.  The purpose is to lessen the impact, accelerate the recovery process and provide coping strategies.  The Work/Life Services program works in conjunction with the Employee Services Program to provide outreach, training, and skill-building for employees dealing with employment or personal concerns.

The EEO Office also serves as the Department's coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA coordinator oversees all reasonable Title I and Title II accommodation requests for the Department.  The EEO Office works with Human Resources Offices and employees to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The State of Michigan and the Department of Corrections will provide equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, religion, color, sex, height, weight, marital status, national origin, age, or disability. This policy is promulgated consistent with state and federal law, and consistent with Executive Order No. 1996-13, "Equal Opportunity Workforce Planning Council."

This policy statement and attached plan replace any existing Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative Action Plan.

The State of Michigan and the Department of Corrections and I, as the Department Director, firmly support equal opportunity. I will ensure that the Department of Corrections is committed to reviewing all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, retention, and promotion, to identify and eliminate barriers to providing all persons equal employment opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Report