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Overview

 

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It is the policy of the City of Tulsa that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for employment and to participate in the social and economic life of the City without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or medical condition due to pregnancy;

It is the policy of the City of Tulsa that all programs, services and activities of the City or any of its instrumentalities or agencies shall be accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by law; and

It is the policy of the City of Tulsa to encourage the utilization of small business enterprises by persons who contract with the City.

It is the policy of the City of Tulsa to not grant preferential treatment to, or discriminate against, any individual or group who contracts with the City on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity, or national origin;

It is the policy of the City of Tulsa to encourage the employment of residents of the City and the Metropolitan Statistical Area ("MSA") in public improvement contracts.

The Mayor's Office for Human Rights is the City of Tulsa department, created by Title 5 of the City of Tulsa Revised Ordinances, that receives and investigates complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. HRD is responsible for assuring compliance of City contractors by monitoring their hiring, labor standards, Equal Employment Opportunity.

The Department uses two approaches to accomplish the objectives of the Ordinance: proactive and enforcement. The proactive approach to implementing the Ordinance is handled through community involvement by encouraging community support and awareness of human and civil rights programs. This is the public relations and educational unit of the department, which takes the proactive approach of presenting our educational programs to schools, churches, businesses, and civic organizations.

Additionally, the unit conducts special projects, surveys, seminars, public service announcements and participation in various community meetings and activities. This unit also works closely with the Human Rights Commission, Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission, and the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission to assess the needs of the community.

The Investigative and Enforcement Division enforces the Ordinance through the investigation of complaints received which allege discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. This involves coordinating a system to receive, test, file, and investigate the complaint in order to make a recommendation of "probable cause" or "no probable cause" to the Director. If the Director rules there is probable cause to believe the discrimination occurred, an attempt is made to eliminate the violation by bringing parties together in a conciliation agreement.