Prohibition of Unlawful Political Discrimination. Training Presentation for Employees under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Board President, Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Agenda. Historical Perspective
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Training Presentation for
Employees under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Board President, Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Prohibition of Unlawful Political Discrimination
Prohibition of Retaliation
Duty to Report
Political Contact Log
Shakman Litigation – Prohibition of Unlawful Political Discrimination based on the First Amendment right to free speech and association.
Directly or indirectly influencing:
Cook County, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (“CCHHS”) and the Forest Preserve District (“District”) of Cook County prohibit unlawful political discrimination.
What is prohibited in employment actions for non-exempt employees or applicants:
Manipulating interviews, applications or test scores due to political reasons
Awarding overtime, availability of resources, shift and transfer requests based on political factors;
Requiring contributions to any political party as part of any employment action
Permitting job related benefits to induce or reward campaign work
Requiring applicants to have or not have political connections in order to be hired or promoted
Lowering minimum requirements so that a less accomplished, but politically connected, individual can qualify for the position
Permitting politically connected individuals to unfairly avoid discipline
Giving less qualified but politically connected individuals promotions or reclassifications sought by the non-political employees
Subjecting individuals without political protection to false accusations and disciplinary charges
Failing to value self-improvement of employees and instead rewarding political activity and contributions
Subjecting individuals without political protection to harassment at the hands of politically protected supervisors or co-workers
Making an employment related decision motivated by a political considerationExamples of Prohibited Conduct
Taking a negative employment action because an employee or applicant:
Cook County Code of Ordinances:
(Ord. No. 06-O-52, 11-29-2006; Ord. No. 08-O-48, 9-3-2008.)
Cook County Executive Order 2008-1
Forest Preserve District Executive Order 2009-1
Employees MUST report the following conduct if they “know” it has or is occurring:
All employees involved in any employment action are required to certify in writing that, to the best of their knowledge, political considerations were not involved in the action.
All applicants for employment in non-exempt positions are required to certify that political considerations were not a part of their application process.
All employees have a Duty to Report any contact with any politically-related person or organization or with any individual acting on behalf of such person or organization, if that contact involves an attempt to inquire about or influence an employment action involving an applicant or employee who is applying for or holds a non-exempt position.
If an employee is contacted, the employee is required to complete the Political Contact Log form and return it directly to the Office of the Independent Inspector General and the Compliance Administrator for Cook County or the District.
Employees are not required to figure out if the political contact is legal; they are only required to report it when it happens.
Mission: The mission of the Office of the Independent Inspector General (OIIG) is to detect, deter and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination and misconduct in the operation of Cook County government (including CCH&HS and the District) with integrity, independence, professionalism and respect for both the rule of law and the people we serve.
69 W. Washington Complaint HotlineSuite 1160 PHONE: (312) 603-0745Chicago, IL 60602 FAX: (312) 603-9744
In person meetings are scheduled by calling 312-603-0350
Mr. Jan Carlson Ms. Mary Robinson
Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook County Shakman
Shakman Compliance Administrator Compliance Administrator
69 W. Washington Street, Suite 840 69 W. Washington Street, Suite 840 Chicago, IL 60602-3007 Chicago, IL 60602-3007
Telephone: (312) 603-8909 Telephone: (312) 603-8905
Facsimile : (312) 603-9505
Mission: To ensure the County’s and District’s compliance with the legal prohibitions of unlawful political discrimination through a process of reviewing and monitoring the activities related to government employment.