Here's a not so fun fact for Kansas City taxpayers on a Saturday night . . .
Over the past month KCMO has settled nearly ONE MILLION DOLLARS worth of discrimination complaints. Most of the free flowing cash emanates from the water department - A notorious HR dumping site - But there are a few other sordid cases thrown in to that cash pool for giggles.
In this era when free money is thrown around like confetti, that might not seem like a lot of loot . . . BUT it adds up over time.
Accordingly, a bit of legislation that our blog community is following has resurfaced. The upshot . . .
KANSAS CITY 'CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER' EARNS MORE POWER!!!
To be fair, this might not be a deal for most plebs who suffer a nearly endless litany of abuse at their low-end jobs . . . HOWEVER, this ascendance of the "Chief Equity Officer" position at city hall gives us an indication of the protocols which rule this local body of government.
Here are the deets from the legislation . . .
"Currently the EEO Committee, which reviews EEO investigations to determine whether a violation of the EEO policy occurred and what discipline is appropriate, is comprised of the HR Director, an Assistance City Manager and the City Attorney or designee. This ordinance will change the EEO Committee to replace the City Attorney with the Chief Equity Officer or City Manager designee.
"Additionally, the EEO Committee currently provides a recommended discipline to the offending employee's department, who is required to administer the discipline or meet with the City Manager if the department director disagrees with the recommended discipline. This ordinance authorizes the HR director to administer the discipline, centralizing the disciplinary process for EEO violations.
"Finally, the ordinance modifies the code sections for suspensions, demotion and termination to clarify that regular employees who are subject to that discipline are afforded a predetermination hearing and a right to an appeal before the HR Board. "
Translation . . .
The new boss at city hall has even more power to mind the manners of workers who aren't onboard with professional and politically correct conduct.
Overall this could save Kansas City taxpayers a few bucks in court so it's not a bad thing and reminds us that the new workplace in the aftermath of the pandemic continues to evolve . . . Moreover, surviving a diversity crackdown is a very real job skill for today's professionals.
Developing . . .