May 15, 2020

Formal complaint: Equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination

Complainant alleges an officer may have violated policy when they disqualified her from joining the Regular Cadet Academy. The Office of Police Oversight declines to make a recommendation.

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The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT Recommended Administrative Policies to Review (to include but not limited to): 914.2 POLICY – EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION The Austin Police Department is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation and that ensures equal employment opportunities for all employees. Discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation based on a protected class, in any form, as defined in federal, state, or local law, will not be tolerated. Protected classes include race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, pregnancy status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, and veteran status or other legally protected class. Every employee is responsible for maintaining a professional environment free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation, and for bringing to the City’s attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Findings of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or retaliation against an employee may result in discipline up to and including discharge or indefinite suspension. 914.3.1 DISCRIMINATION Discrimination is the unequal or different treatment of an individual in any employment and/or personnel action based on a protected class, as per section 914.2. The Department will recruit, hire, train, compensate, discipline, provide benefits, and promote without regard to a protected class. The Department will employ positive business and personnel practices designed to ensure equal employment opportunity. 900.3.1 HONESTY Honesty is of the utmost importance in the police profession. Employees are expected to be truthful at all times in the performance of their duties. 900.1.1 RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW AND COMPLY The rules of conduct set forth in this order do not serve as an all-inclusive list of requirements, limitations, or prohibitions on employee conduct and activities; employees are required to know and comply with all Department policies, procedures, and written directives. Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO declines to make a recommendation.

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