It can be hard to imagine, but there was a time when discrimination was routine. Even in Marin County, which is full of good people, decisions about who to hire, who to rent to and more weren’t made fairly. Recognizing this reality, in the late 70s Marin’s Board of Supervisors developed an Equal Opportunity statement and began putting policies in place to encourage fairness and diversity.
The Equal Employment Advisory Committee (EEAC) was created to help monitor and improve the County’s Equal Employment Program. The citizens who volunteer to serve on the committee help advise the County as they work to address the inequality that employment discrimination creates.
The Personnel Commission recently reconstituted the EEAC by appointing seven-new members, including Marcia McLean representing the Marin County Women’s Commission and County employees Phillip Thomas and Aletta Caballero. Specifically, they will review drafts of Marin’s Equal Employment and Opportunity 5 Year Plans and updates to the plans. They will also attend an annual briefing on equal employment claims and trends, the number of complaints made and investigated and more. They can also make recommendations for new policies to improve the program.
Ensuring that we have a just, equitable society where everyone is treated fairly is at the heart of Marin’s values. Thank you to Marcia, Phillip, Aletta and the other volunteers who serve on the EEAC for giving their time to make sure these values stay intact.