On June 4, 1973, a class action lawsuit was filed against the County alleging a pattern and practice of employment discrimination against females and minorities in Contra Costa County. The Consent Decree's goal was to ensure that the percentage of women and minorities in the County's Workforce (County employees) reflected the percentage of people employed in the County's Labor Force (County residents). As a result, an Equal Employment Opportunity Program was implemented to accomplish this goal.
Today, Contra Costa County has not only adopted and implemented the requirements set forth under the Croskrey Consent Decree but the County has also implemented policies and procedures based on state and federal laws in our hiring and recruitment practices. It is important to note that these policies allow the County to ensure full realization of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity in the workforce. The County has embraced equal employment through leadership and aggressive implementation of programs designed to achieve equal employment opportunity.
Despite the great strides the County has made since the implementation of the Consent Decree, the County is more committed into conducting more aggressive outreach to under-utilized groups so that the County is truly representative of the diverse community that we work and live in.