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Equal Employment
Opportunity Policy

I. Policy Statement

  • Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship, genetic information or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. It is every management member's responsibility to ensure that all applicants and employees receive equal employment opportunity.
  • This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation.
  • As an affirmative action employer we support affirmative recruitment efforts and examine opportunities to hire, promote or advance an employee in light of our goals and objectives with regard to our Affirmative Action Plan.
  • The President and Chief Executive Officer has overall responsibility to ensure Equal Employment Opportunity. The Senior Vice President of Human Resources is designated Houston Methodist EEO Officer with authority, support and responsibility to direct EEO, AAP and Diversity Programs.

II. Management Responsibilities

Ensuring that work relationships are free from discrimination, harassment or segregation; promote diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of employment including (but not limited to) recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, pay, benefits, leaves of absence, performance appraisals, position eliminations, disciplinary actions, discharges, reasonable accommodations regarding religion or disability; participation in Houston Methodist-sponsored social and recreational programs; and giving all employees an opportunity to fully apply their job-related capabilities. Every member of management is accountable for meeting related performance and compliance responsibilities as well as supporting Affirmative Action goals and objectives applicable to their employee populations.

III. Employee Responsibilities

Fostering a working relationship of mutual respect, teamwork and cooperation, and exemplifying Houston Methodist's values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in all work relationships.

IV. Human Resources Responsibilities

Interpreting and administering this policy to achieve its purpose through sound and nondiscriminatory employment practices, written Affirmative Action Plans, appropriate employee training, periodic audits, investigation and equitable resolution of fair treatment complaints, and regular or special reports to management.

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