County Modernizes Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment Policy
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an updated county policy regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace.
After receiving feedback from LGBT constituents on the county’s policy language, Supervisor John J. Benoit consulted with Human Resources Director Michael Stock. Stock agreed that Policy Number C-25 needed updating, and was already in the process of suggesting changes.
Supervisor Benoit brought the measure to the board to modernize the language and broaden protections for county employees.
“The Human Resources staff did a wonderful job updating our county policy to make sure it is consistent with federal and state government language,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This policy is more inclusive and a great step forward in protecting the right of employees to be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.”
Policy Number C-25 is applicable to all County of Riverside employees, contract workers, volunteers, interns, externs and elected officials.
The county’s policy was last revised in 2011. The new policy enumerates updated language for legally protected classes under state or federal law. Notably, the class “transgender issues” will now read “gender (including gender identity and gender expression)”.
Protected classes added in the revision include: denial of family and medical care leave, pregnancy and medical conditions related to pregnancy, genetic information, military and veteran status and status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The revised policy can be found at: http://rivcocob.org/agenda/2014/04_08_14_files/03-34.pdf.