Governor's order sets policy against hiring discrimination

May 16, 2007|By [JENNIFER SKALKA] | [JENNIFER SKALKA],Sun Reporter

Gov.Martin O'Malley signed an executive order yesterday stating that state employment decisions will be based solely on merit and fitness, and reinforcing an anti-discrimination policy for hiring and personnel activity.

The order also mandates that the secretary of budget and management appoint a statewide equal opportunity coordinator to ensure that Maryland is complying with state and federal employment laws.

"To bring the best workers to Maryland?s state government we need to guarantee every employee the basic protections that they deserve, and that our state government sets an example for equal employment opportunities throughout Maryland," the governor said in a statement.

The order indicates that age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability and religion, among other variables, cannot factor into employment or personnel actions.

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