Albany County Department of
HUMAN RESOURCES
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 1100 | Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-5510| Fax: (518) 447-5586
Jennifer Clement, Acting Commissioner

Division of Affirmative Action

OUR MISSION
The Division of Affirmative Action is committed to ensuring that every individual is afforded equality of opportunity, without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or marital status, in areas of employment, public accommodations, housing and real property transactions.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the County of Albany to ensure that every individual within its boundaries is afforded an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life, free from violation of basic civil and human rights. 


HUMAN RIGHTS

The County of Albany encourages programs designed to ensure that every individual has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the life of this County, free from violation of their basic civil and human rights; and to prohibit discrimination because of race, sex, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or marital status, in areas of employment, public accommodations, housing and real property transactions.


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Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm


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Albany County Human Rights Commission

The Commission’s objective is to foster a climate of mutual respect and understanding among all groups in the County. For additional information, please contact the Albany County Human Rights Commission at (518) 447-5510.

The Albany County Human Rights Commission consists of community members appointed by the Albany County Legislature upon the recommendation of the County Executive and the Legislature’s majority and minority leaders. The Commission’s objective is to foster a climate of mutual respect and understanding among all groups in the County.

For additional information, please contact the Albany County Human Rights Commission at (518) 447-5510.


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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes a federal prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment and ensures equal access for persons with disabilities to public accommodations, public services transportation and telecommunications. For additional information regarding ADA, reasonable accommodations or the 55A Program, contact the Division at (518) 447-5510.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes a federal prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment and ensures equal access for persons with disabilities to public accommodations, public services transportation and telecommunications. The Division of Affirmative Action works in the best interest of people with disabilities to ensure equal access in public accommodations and employment.

Albany County is committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In accordance with NYS Civil Service Law (Section 55A), special provisions exist for hiring mentally or physically disabled individuals.

For additional information regarding ADA, reasonable accommodations or the 55A Program, contact the Division at (518) 447-5510.


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Contracting and Compliance

The Division provides a variety of services to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) community. The Division performs outreach to publicize requests for proposals let by the county, solicits DBE participation on contracts, and certifies Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises. If you are interested MBE or WBE certification, bid opportunities or upcoming seminars, contact the Division at (518) 447-5510.

Albany County remains steadfast in it's commitment to "goal oriented" Minority and Women’s Business Utilization and Contract Compliance programs that afford disadvantaged businesses the opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts. The Division of Affirmative Action administers these programs on behalf of the County. These programs promote and ensure equal opportunity for disadvantaged businesses and minority and female labor in all areas of contracting.

The Division provides a variety of services to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) community. The Division performs outreach to publicize requests for proposals let by the county, solicits DBE participation on contracts, and certifies Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises. It is our belief that the full participation in our free enterprise system by socially and economically disadvantaged persons is essential to obtain social and economic equality and improve the functioning of the local economy.

Additionally, the Division monitors contracts let by the County to assure that compliance with Federal, State and County mandates. Contractors are made aware of the County’s Anti-Discrimination Policy and are required to make a good faith effort to comply with the regulations of Resolution No. 26 adopted by the Albany County Legislature on June 10, 1996.

If you are interested MBE or WBE certification, bid opportunities or upcoming seminars, contact the Division at (518) 447-5510.


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Employment Referral Program

The Division of Affirmative Action recruits qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans for current and future job vacancies. For more information regarding employment opportunities, contact the Division of Affirmative Action at (518) 447-5510.

The Division of Affirmative Action recruits qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans for current and future job vacancies. Employment decisions are based on merit, education and experience. The Division assures that the application process is carried out in a fair and consistent manner.

Employers throughout the Capital Region utilize the Division to reach diverse applicants. The Division maintains an employment binder of current employment opportunities. Job seekers may examine the binder and apply directly to the employer. The employment referral program should supplement other job seeking activities.

For more information regarding employment opportunities, contact the Division of Affirmative Action at (518) 447-5510


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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical advances, statements, or discriminatory remarks of a sexual nature made by someone in the workplace which the recipient finds offensive or objectionable, cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, or interfere with the recipient’s job performance. For additional information, contact the Division of Affirmative Action at (518) 447-5510.

Albany County prohibits sexual harassment in workplace. Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical advances, statements, or discriminatory remarks of a sexual nature made by someone in the workplace which the recipient finds offensive or objectionable, cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, or interfere with the recipient’s job performance.

The County will take all reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment by employees, non-employees including customers, clients and suppliers who are likely to have workplace contact with our employees.

For additional information, contact the Division of Affirmative Action at (518) 447-5510. 


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