Respectful Workplace Policy

Respectful Workplace Policy Manual 30-01

 

Respectful Workplace Policy Manual 30-01 was implemented February 2012. The policy replaces several individual policies. The policy is established to ensure that all City of Memphis employees and those associated with Memphis City Government are treated fairly. Those who are discriminated, disrespected or harassed are aware of the reporting procedures; and those who violate the policy are aware of the consequences.

The policy is based on the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Employment Opportunity which outlawed employment discrimination against African Americans. The City's "Respectful Workplace Policy" covers the following eight topics:

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity – The City is an equal employment opportunity employer. The city prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords employment opportunities to employees and applicants.
  2. Harassment – Harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, coerce and/or impair one's ability to perform the job.
  3. Sexual Harassment – Unwanted sexual attention of a persistent or offensive nature made by a person who knows or reasonably should know that such attention is unwanted. Sexual harassment aggressors can be managers, supervisors, co-workers, or non-employees (customers, vendors, contractors, or volunteers)
  4. Employment and Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA) - The City shall not unlawfully discriminate against applicants or employers because of disability.
  5. Personal Relationships – The City discourages romantic or sexual relationships between a member of management and supervisors with employees who report directly or indirectly; and/or vendors, contactors or volunteers.
  6. Lactation/Breastfeeding Policy – Equal Employment Opportunity is afforded to women in all of its operations. The policy serves to support continuing employment.
  7. Employee Conduct – City Employees shall adhere to acceptable business principles in matters of conduct and behavior, and must exhibit a high degree of personal integrity. The policy not only applies to employees but customers, vendors, and visitors.
  8. Violence in the Workplace – The City of Memphis' intent is to provide a workplace that is free from violence for its employees, vendors, visitors and customers. The policy applies to regular, part-time, appointed, and grant funded employees, probationary, elected officials, volunteers and interns.
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