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Lima City Council revists Zero Tolerance Policy

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Council revisited this Zero Tolerance Policy after allegations of racial slurs recently. Council revisited this Zero Tolerance Policy after allegations of racial slurs recently.
Council members reiterated that discriminatory behavior of any kind has not and will not be tolerated. Council members reiterated that discriminatory behavior of any kind has not and will not be tolerated.

The talk continues tonight surrounding how to better define racial discrimination, with former Lima City employees.

After allegations by the Lima chapter of the NAACP of discrimination and racism against a half dozen now-former city employees, the administration provided council, per their request, the "zero tolerance policy" last night that is currently on the books for discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Tonight the members of the human resources committee sat down with human resource director Vince Ozier to talk about wording of policy and what needs to happen if they decide to make any changes in it. Council members reiterated that discriminatory behavior of any kind, has not and will not be tolerated. 

"It is very important that the community understands that racial slurs, derogatory terms, anything that would be offensive to someone else, does not and is not okay with the City or with any member of Council," said Council member Rebecca Kreher. "This communication tonight is going to be very effective for people who have questions and to see what and if anything can be done differently."

The human resources committee recommend to the city tonight, that they want to do more diversity and culture sensitivity training for all city employees. The city already has in place annual training for city employees, but the human resource committee would like to see more than just once a year. The zero tolerance policy has been in existence since 1997.  

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