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Civil Rights Resolution

It is the policy of the Borough of Allentown to treat the public, employees, prospective employees, appointees, volunteers and contractors in a manner consistent with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations including but not limited to: the Federal Civil Rights Act pf 1964 as amended, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act. The Governing Body of the Borough of Allentown has also adopted certain procedures to accomplish this policy.

 

RESOLUTION 3-2024
BOROUGH OF ALLENTOWN
COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

AFFIRMING THE BOROUGH OF ALLENTOWN’S CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Borough of Allentown to treat the public, employees, prospective employees, appointees, volunteers and contractors in a manner consistent with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations including, but not limited to the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 as subsequently amended, the New Jersey Law against Discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and

WHEREAS, the governing body of the Borough of Allentown has determined that certain procedures need to be established to accomplish this policy

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ADOPTED by the Borough Council that:

Section 1:  No official, employee, appointee or volunteer of the Borough of Allentown by whatever title known, or any entity that is in any way a part of the Borough of Allentown shall engage, either directly or indirectly in any act including the failure to act that constitutes discrimination, harassment or a violation of any person’s constitutional rights while such official, employee, appointee volunteer, or entity is engaged in or acting on behalf of the Borough of Allentown’s business or using the facilities or property of the Borough of Allentown.

Section 2:  The prohibitions and requirements of this resolution shall extend to any person or entity, including but not limited to any volunteer organization or inter-local organization, whether structured as a governmental entity or a private entity, that receives authorization or support in any way from the Borough of Allentown to provide services that otherwise could be performed by the Borough of Allentown. 

Section 3: Discrimination, harassment and civil rights shall be defined for purposes of this resolution using the latest definitions contained in the applicable Federal and State laws concerning discrimination, harassment and civil rights. 

Section 4: The Municipal Clerk shall establish written procedures for any person to report alleged discrimination, harassment and violations of civil rights prohibited by this resolution.  Such procedures shall include alternate ways to report a complaint so that the person making the complaint need not communicate with the alleged violator in the event the alleged violator would be the normal contact for such complaints.

Section 5: No person shall retaliate against any person who reports any alleged discrimination, harassment or violation of civil rights, provided however, that any person who reports alleged violations in bad faith shall be subject to appropriate discipline.

Section 6: The Municipal Clerk shall establish written procedures that require all officials, employees, appointees and volunteers of the Borough of Allentown as well as all other entities subject to this resolution to periodically complete training concerning their duties, responsibilities and rights pursuant to this resolution.  

Section 7: The Municipal Clerk shall establish a system to monitor compliance and shall report at least annually to the governing body the results of the monitoring. 

Section 8: At least annually, the Municipal Clerk shall cause a summary of this resolution and the procedures established pursuant to this resolution to be communicated within the Borough of Allentown.  This communication shall include a statement from the governing body expressing its unequivocal commitment to enforce this resolution.  This summary shall also be posted on the Borough of Allentown’s website. 

Section 9: This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Section 10: A copy of this resolution shall be published in the official newspaper of the Borough of Allentown in order for the public to be made aware of this policy and the Borough of Allentown’s commitment to the implementation and enforcement of this policy.

CERTIFICATION

I, Laurie A. Roth, Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Allentown do hereby certify this to be a true and exact copy of a resolution adopted by the Governing Body of the Borough of Allentown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey at the reorganization meeting held on January 4, 2024.
Laurie A. Roth, MAS, RMC, CMR, CPM
Administrator/ Municipal Clerk