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NOTICE TO APPLICANTS AND EMPLOYEES OF AVAILABILITY OF AAP FOR PROTECTED VETERANS AND FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH A DISABILITY

(41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.41 and -741.41)

As Chief Executive Officer of Colorado Springs Utilities, I am committed to the principles of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity with regards to our employment practices. I want our workforce to be as diverse as the communities we serve and celebrate the limitless benefits of this commitment. All cultures and backgrounds have something to contribute to our community. My desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region.

Colorado Springs Utilities is a covered federal contractor or subcontractor subject to the requirements of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, 38 U.S.C. § 4212 (§ 4212), as amended, and § 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. As such, Colorado Springs Utilities is bound by the terms of § 4212 and § 503, and shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities, and is committed to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

As the CEO, I and the Division Officers are accountable for assuring Colorado Springs Utilities’ accomplishment of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Our leadership team has embraced the responsibility and accountability for diversity by taking time to deliberately recognize the uniqueness of others and celebrate it. Therefore, we believe it is important for the Colorado Springs Utilities employees providing our services to be representative of the communities that we serve.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), age, religious convictions, veteran status, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or marital status. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force. Colorado Springs Utilities will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment and seeks to establish a diverse and inclusive work environment. It is the responsibility of all Colorado Springs Utilities employees to conduct themselves in a manner that fosters inclusion and respect for the individual and maximizes every employee’s capability to be productive in their jobs. Human Resources shall assure Colorado Springs Utilities’ benefits, classification, compensation, employee development, employee relations, and employment programs, conform to current legal and regulatory requirements and the provisions of Colorado Springs Utilities’ Affirmative Action Plan.

As an individual interested in employment with our organization, or as one of our valued employees, we welcome the opportunity to make you more aware of our obligations and affirmative Action efforts. Therefore, we ask all applicants and new hires to self-identify, with full confidentiality, any disability and veteran status for reporting purposes only. In addition, we survey our current employees to allow them to self-identify as well. Data gathered via self-identification is used to monitor the success of our affirmative action efforts and constantly improve on it.

Upon request, Colorado Springs Utilities will make accessible to you its Affirmative Action Plan for protected veterans and individuals with a disability. If you are interested, please submit a written request to csurecruiting@csu.org during the operating hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and a representative from Human Resources can schedule a time for you to review the Affirmative Action Plan.

Sincerely,

Aram Benyamin
Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Springs Utilities

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