Applicant Rights and Responsibilities
Colorado Springs Utilities is committed to providing our job applicants with the best experience possible when applying for positions. To assist, this “Applicant Rights and Responsibilities” document will clarify the expectations applicants may reasonably have when applying for positions. In addition, we have provided applicants with a list of their responsibilities so they can best manage their employment search. After reading this document, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our recruitment and selection process at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (719) 668-7500. If you are a disabled applicant and experience difficulties with this document or the application process, please email email@example.com or call the above phone number for assistance.
As an applicant, you have the right to:
- Be treated with respect - Applicants have the right to be treated with respect and dignity in every interaction regardless of age, disability, race, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or other personal characteristics.
- Confidentiality - To the extent permitted by law, applicants have the right to security and confidentiality regarding their applicant data, personal background information, details of their job search, information on their application and/or resume, assessment scores, test results or any additional information as an applicant.
- Communication - Applicants have the right to receive responses to practical questions regarding their application, the recruitment and selection process, or decision criteria at any time in the selection process. Applicants have the right to clear communication regarding the requirements of the selection process, including required supplementary information, pre-employment testing requirements or other criteria deemed appropriate to the selection process.
- Be screened and assessed with fairness and consistency - Applicants have the right to be screened and assessed throughout all selection phases with appropriate measures which are job-relevant, fair, consistent, and meet all professional standards and criteria.
- Request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) - Applicants who qualify as an individual with a disability under the ADA have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations or modifications in accordance with the provisions of the ADA and other relevant legislation for any step in the selection process. To request an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org..
- If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. - You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel - NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.
Applicants have the responsibility to:
- Familiarize and understand the Applicant Rights and Responsibilities document - It is the applicant’s responsibility to read the document and familiarize himself or herself with the information contained herein.
- Be honest - It is the applicant’s responsibility to accurately represent previous work history, qualifications, skills and experience and to provide true and complete information in connection with his or her application/resume and any additional required information or assessments.
- Actively manage the employment opportunity - It is the applicant’s responsibility to actively manage the employment opportunity by:
Request accommodation in the recruiting and selection process – It is the applicant’s responsibility if he or she qualifies as an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act to request a reasonable accommodation for any step in the selection process. Email email@example.com or call the Utilities Resource Center at (719) 668-7500.
- thoroughly reading the job posting and its requirements;
- personally completing the application to ensure accurate representation of all information;
- following all instructions before submitting the application;
- regularly checking email for additional requirements for the position or additional communication;
- following any specific instructions for the completion of any additional steps throughout the selection process;
- keeping applicant information updated in Colorado Springs Utilities’ system; and
- regularly checking on the status of his or her application throughout the selection process.
If an applicant fails to meet these responsibilities:
- If an applicant fails to meet the responsibilities outlined in 1 through 3 above, he or she will not be eligible to move on in the selection process and will be withdrawn from consideration for the position.