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Human Rights and Fair Employment Practices Background

Miami-Dade County Ordinance 95-67, adopted April 18, 1995, repealed and reenacted Chapter 11A (Discrimination) of the Miami-Dade County Code.  It changed the name of the Affirmative Action Office, established by Miami-Dade County Ordinance 77-2 in 1977, to the Office of Fair Employment Practices and outlined the policy of Miami-Dade County to provide equal employment opportunity for all without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran's status, and to prohibit unlawful discrimination on such basis.

The ordinance also restates the policy of Miami-Dade County to ensure equal opportunity within the County employment system by engaging in voluntary affirmative action to promote diversity and employ a representative workforce.

The Duties and Powers of the Office of Fair Employment Practices are listed in Section 11A-37 of the Miami-Dade County Code.  The duties, functions, powers and responsibilities of the Office and its Director include the following:

  1. Has exclusive jurisdiction over complaints of employment discrimination by County employees. Such complaints are pursuant to Section 11A-28 of Article IV of Chapter 11A (Discrimination) of the Miami-Dade County Code. Any Department Director who disagrees with the Director's resolution of a complaint may appeal that decision to the Office of the County Manager.
     
  2. Enforces the provisions of Article VI of Chapter 11A (Discrimination) of the Miami-Dade County Code, and any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
     
  3. Has overall jurisdiction in the development, implementation and monitoring of fair employment guidelines as they relate internally to Miami-Dade County.
     
  4. Subject to the approval of the County Manager and the County Attorney, reviews and approves department affirmative action plans which address underutilization of minorities, women and the disabled.
     
  5. Monitors County hiring and employment practices to ensure compliance with federal and state employment discrimination legislation.  Reports of noncompliance shall be forwarded to the County Manager for review and determination.
     
  6. Establishes rules and procedures for processing and resolving complaints of employment discrimination by County employees.
     
  7. Promulgates rules and regulations to ensure fair employment practices within the County's employment system.
     
  8. Assures that information and technical assistance concerning fair employment practices are provided to all County administrators, County employees, and applicants for employment.
     
  9. Publishes and disseminates public information and materials relating to equal employment opportunities and fair employment practices, including serving as a fair employment resource to the community at-large.
     
  10.  Makes annual reports to the County Manager and the County Commission concerning the status of the Miami-Dade County employment system as it relates to fair employment practices, the enforcement of the provisions of this article and recommendations concerning methods by which to improve the County's fair employment practices.
     
  11.  Performs such other administrative duties as may be assigned by the County Manager.

 

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