Diversity, EEO & Affirmative Action
The Board of Selectmen's Committee on Diversity, Equal Employment Opportunities, and Affirmative Action membership is as follows.
- Selectman Nancy Daly, Chair
- Malcolm Cawthorne
- Bernard Greene
- Ken Kurnos
- Grace Lee
- Judy Levenson
- Rita McNally
- Elena Olson
- Marty Rosentha
- Patty Correa, Associate Town Counsel
- Sandra DeBow, Human Resources Director
- Lloyd Gellineua, Human Services Coordinator
- Rebecca Joachim, Health Intern
The Town of Brookline has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. In order to reaffirm the town's commitment to nondiscrimination and to review what policies and actions will best ensure equal opportunity and protection of civil rights, the Board of Selectmen is establishing a Committee on Diversity, Equal Employment Opportunities and Affirmative Action.
This committee is charged with suggesting possible changes that will clarify municipal operations to further the town's long-standing and continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion in our community, and reviewing any related bylaws (PDF), including:
- Article 3.14: Division of Human Relations-Youth Resources
- Article 3.15: Human Resources Program, Board and Office
- Article 4.4: Fair Employment Practices with Regard to Contracts
- Article 5.5: Fair Housing
Further, it is charged with reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen, the Human Relations / Youth Resources Commission (HRYR Commission), the Human Resources Director (HR Director), and the Human Resources Board (HR Board), and the interaction among these entities with regard to workplace issues, and in particular, human resources-related policy-making, equal opportunity and affirmative action guidelines and other measures as they relate to diversity in town employment.
In addition, we ask this committee to suggest how responsibilities in this area should be allocated in conformity with existing local, state, federal and constitutional law and based on best practices in handling employment-related civil rights issues, including, but not limited to,
- Compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination and equal employment opportunity laws (e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2003 protecting persons regardless of their sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military service, race, national origin, religion, and sex, and providing certain leave-related rights)
- Promotion of non-discrimination and inclusion values in the workplace
- Protection of individuals' rights to privacy and to have employment decisions made on the basis of merit
- Protection of employee rights under civil service laws and collective bargaining agreements
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
See the following links for materials related to the January 4, 2013 memorandum from Associate Town Counsel Patty Correa regarding roles of Board of Selectmen, Human Resources Director and Department, Human Relations / Youth Resources Commission, and Human Resources Board with regard to town employment civil rights issues: