Patch: Palm Desert to Introduce New Harassment Policy Before City Councilhttp://new.vote29.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/palm_desert_city_hall_civic_center_park_generic-1474491366-4681.jpg
PALM DESERT, CA – The Palm Desert City Council is expected to adopt a new harassment, discrimination and retaliation policy for city employees Thursday, in the wake of the departure of former City Manager John Wohlmuth, who was asked to resign for circulating a nude photo of a city employee.
A city staff report for Thursday’s council meeting makes no mention of Wohlmuth, citing legislative changes and a city harassment policy that has not been revised since November 2004, as reasons for the new policy.
But in a statement issued after Wohlmuth’s resignation in April, City Attorney Robert Hargreaves pledged the city would take measures to ensure that harassment and discrimination in the workplace stops.
The proposed zero-tolerance ordinance outlines policies for confidential reporting of harassment and procedures for internal investigation of any complaints.
Under the proposal, complainants may also be referred to outside agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and discipline for violations can include termination.
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