Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Governor’s non-discrimination executive order to state workers

March 10, 2010 – Dear Fellow State Employee:

Early in the Administration, the Governor authorized the issuance of an Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Directive to employees of the Office of the Governor that reflects his strong position that employment discrimination for any reason other than merit and ability has no place in state government. While the separation of powers doctrine precludes the Governor from changing the Virginia Human Rights Act via Executive Order, he wants to be clear that discrimination in state employment will not be tolerated. As the chief executive officer for the Commonwealth, the Governor wants to establish a clear standard of conduct ensuring that all cabinet members, agency heads, managers, supervisors and employees of the Executive Branch understand and enforce state and federal law prohibiting employment discrimination. Independent agencies and state supported colleges and universities should likewise adopt a similar standard of conduct. This standard of conduct is set forth in the attached Executive Directive One. 

It is the Governor’s Directive that Executive Branch agencies attract and retain the best and the brightest people to state public service, and that all feel welcome and appreciated as they serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. We have a talented state workforce, which is doing excellent work in very tough budget times. We also have outstanding cabinet members and managers, where excellence and fair treatment is the great norm, and discrimination is the extremely rare exception. 

On behalf of the Governor, I want to thank you for your cooperation and assistance with implementing this Directive, and for making Virginia state government a welcoming and productive place to fulfill one’s professional calling. 

Sincerely,

Martin L. Kent, Chief of Staff – Governor Robert F. McDonnell

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, State Politics

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Comments (1)

Thom Ryder

March 10th, 2010 at 7:29 PM    


Right…Back in mid-Feb, I saw his original executive order to state workers where NO protection for employees who are gay was specifically mentioned.

Then his Minnie Me, Kenny C, comes out with his infamous letter to universities offering his “Opinion.”

Simply amazing. These people are buffoons!..and regular people like you and me BUY their stick. They preach HATE and INTOLERANCE…and they are in seats of power. So sad.

Now Gov. Bob thinks that gays are GRATE! What a guy!

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