By Supervisor Pat Bates
The Board approved the County’s response to the Grand Jury Report entitled: “The Goal of Equal Employment Opportunity: NO VICTIMS.” The report was issued in June 2013 and provided findings and recommendations for not only the County of Orange, but all 34 cities in the County. This is the fourth report related to harassment and ethical standards that the 2012-13 Grand Jury released during their term. In response to the Grand Jury’s report on Equal Employment Opportunity, the County has implemented all of the recommendations from the Grand Jury, and continues to improve our handling of EEO and Harassment issues.
While the County of Orange has been under intense scrutiny regarding its response to harassment issues, the Grand Jury recognized the positive changes that the Board of Supervisors have implemented. The Grand Jury recognized these efforts in their report stating “…the County’s efforts are worthy of note as well. Recentralization of the Human Resources function, now called the Human Resources Services Department (HRSD), and a significant investment in a broad training initiative will enhance employee protections and reduce liability exposure. The County’s continued efforts are critical to achieving these goals.”
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