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Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

The Oregon Youth Authority's Affirmative Action Plan is designed to help bring about equal employment opportunities for all persons.  This plan commits the agency to do more than practice nondiscrimination in employment.  It includes a set of goals, policies and actions intended to ensure that women, people of color and persons with disabilities are equitably represented in OYA’s workforce.
This principal objectives of this plan include:
  • Reaffirming OYA's commitment to equal employment opportunity and the principles of affirmative action;
  • Indicating how the plan and policy will be disseminated both within the organization and externally;
  • Assigning various levels of responsibilities to direct, manage and carry out the agency’s affirmative action efforts;
  • Establishing flexible long-range affirmative action goals to correct the under-representation of women, people of color and persons with disabilities in the OYA's workforce;
  • Taking affirmative action measures to overcome barriers where they are shown to exist;
  • Identifying ongoing programs and procedures intended to ensure equal employment opportunity and maintain a work environment free of discrimination and harassment;
  • Communicating the agency’s policy of providing reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities; and
  • Monitoring and regularly reporting to OYA's executive leadership on the implementation of affirmative action and progress being achieved regarding employment goals.

Program areas throughout OYA are expected to develop more detailed implementation strategies to address issues specific to their organizational units.  These strategies are made part of this plan by reference.  In addition, managers are expected to prepare affirmative action strategy plans that identify the specific activities for which they will be held accountable during performance reviews in the areas of affirmative action and diversity.
Achieving an equitable and diverse workforce requires all managers and employees within OYA to contribute to, and promote, a positive work environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  Each of us at OYA has the responsibility to ensure that this agency is an organization where people understand and value each other's differences and diversity. 

Copies of the Oregon Youth Authority's Affirmative Action Plan may be obtained by contacting OYA Human Resources 503-373-7552.

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