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The City of Independence shall take affirmative action to promote and insure equal employment opportunity for all persons. Recruitment, hiring, promotions, personnel actions, benefits, training and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be conducted without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam Era. Department directors, supervisors, and City employees involved in the hiring and interviewing process shall base employment decisions on the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and with the intent to further the City’s commitment to those principles.

Directors and supervisors shall take affirmative action to insure that minority group individuals, females, veterans of the Vietnam Era, disabled veterans, an persons with disabilities are introduced into the work force and that these employees are considered when opportunities for promotion arise.

In addition, the City shall assert leadership in the community and put forth the maximum effort to achieve non-discriminatory, equal employment opportunities throughout the political jurisdiction of the City. Affirmative action will be taken to insure that equal employment opportunities are available on the basis of merit of the individual and consistent with the City’s goals and timetables for staffing. The City will strive for a workforce diversity in each occupation group which corresponds to the availability of minority and female persons in the appropriate recruitment areas.