WHEREAS, the employment practices of the State of Arizona should promote public confidence in the fairness and integrity of government, and should reflect the State’s firm commitment to strengthening and developing equal employment opportunities in the State of Arizona; and
WHEREAS, the State should use the capabilities of all its employees to the fullest, without regard to characteristics that are not directly related to the ability of the individual employee to perform the requirements of a job; and
WHEREAS, the government of the State of Arizona is committed to employment policies and procedures that encourage non-discriminatory employment practices; provide desirable models for the private sector and local governments; and build from the positive experiences of private and public sector employers that have adopted their own such policies; and
WHEREAS, Arizona’s two largest cities, along with several of its major employers and at least 13 other states, have developed policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janet Napolitano,
Governor of the State of
2. Direct that no state agency, board or commission (collectively
“state agency”) shall discriminate in employment solely on the basis of an
individual's sexual orientation;
No provided, however, that no state
agency shall be required to establish employment goals based on sexual
based on sexual orientation shall be a cause for discipline, up to and including termination of employment with the State.
4. Direct that heads of all state agencies take measures to ensure that:
A. Their policy statements, programs, and procedures adequately reflect that equal employment opportunity exists in accordance with this Order.
orientation and commitments by the State agency to resolve all complaints in the spirit and intent of this Executive Order.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of
Signed at the Capitol in
21st day of June in the Year Two Thousand and Three
and of the
Secretary of State