Notice Of Compliance With EEOC Regulations, The Americans With Disabilities Act and Related Regulations
St. Lucie County BOCC is in compliance with Titles I, II and Title VI of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including amendments and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission, access, or operations of its programs, services, activities or facilities or in the awarding of contracts. St. Lucie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is in compliance with The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 giving fair and equal employment treatment to all segments of society without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability. In accordance with the various parts of these regulations, and when viewed in their entirety, St. Lucie County government programs, services, activities and facilities are readily accessible to and usable by all qualified individuals, including those that are disadvantaged or with disabilities.
Employment: The County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will make all reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants and employees. St. Lucie County complies with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1995 which prohibits discrimination for reason of: (1) impairment, (2) marital status, (3) political belief or activity, (4) race, (5) religion, (6) sex, (7) societal status as a person, (8) age, (9) role in business dealings, (10) lawful sexual activity, (11) physical features, (12) pregnancy, (13) position or past positions held as employment, and (14) association with a person who is identified by reference to any of the thirteen other listed grounds.
Effective Communication: The County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified individuals with disabilities so they can participate equally in the County's programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to individuals with speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Participation By Disadvantaged Business Enterprises: Disadvantaged businesses, as defined by 49 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 26, shall have an opportunity to participate in the performance of County contracts in a nondiscriminatory environment. The objectives of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program are to ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of contracts, ensure firms fully meet eligibility standards, help remove barriers to participation, create a level playing field, assist in development of a firm so it can compete successfully outside of the program, provide flexibility, and ensure narrow tailoring of the program.
St. Lucie County requires its consultants and contractors to take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that disadvantaged businesses have an opportunity to compete for and perform the contract work of St. Lucie County in a non-discriminatory environment.
St. Lucie County requires its consultants and contractors to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or familial status in the award and performance of its contracts. This policy covers in part the applicable federal regulations and the applicable statutory references contained therein for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan, Chapters 337 and 339, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 14-78, Florida Administrative Code.
Grievances and Complaints: The County Risk Manager is the PRIMARY Title VI contact person for complaints and grievances and shall accept, investigate and process all such complaints including EEOC, DBE and ADA issues. The Risk Manager shall coordinate St. Lucie County's compliance with the ADA, EEOC and DBE including the investigation and recording of complaints alleging Title II discrimination. St. Lucie County has an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of disability and/or EEO under the U.S. Department of Justice regulations for implementation of the ADA and EEOC regulations. This Procedure has been developed to comply with federal regulations.
Complaints that a County program, service, activity or facility is not accessible to individuals with disabilities should be directed in writing to the County's Risk Manager.
Signed and Approved by: