Informal, Familiar Spaces: A Place for the Work of Equity and Inclusion

The information contained in this article is not intended as legal advice and may no longer be accurate due to changes in the law. Consult NHMA’s legal services or your municipal attorney.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Workplace Possibilities

The City of Colorado Springs has been actively working in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion for many years, and recently, like many other cities, has made a commitment to continue to enhance its efforts in the field. Under the current leadership of Mayor John Suthers and Chief of Staff Jeff Greene, the City of Colorado Springs has not only made equity, diversity and inclusion a priority for the organization, but it has also made it an integrated business practice.

Pursuing Racial Equity Through Intentional Community Engagement

One year after George Floyd’s murder sparked a national conversation about policing and race and millions worldwide to march in the streets in opposition to police violence, local leaders have responded. In the last year, the National League of Cities have helped local elected officials and their communities to pursue anti-racist policies and programs not only on public safety but in several policy areas.  

Investigations 101 Webinar

Allegations of employee misconduct are a serious matter especially when alleged against an employee of your city or town. To maintain community confidence in your municipal government, this situation requires a prompt, thorough, accurate and timely investigation.

Tips for Investigating Racial and Other Bias Complaints

The 2017 #MeToo movement and the national conversation the movement ignited brought heightened awareness to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond.  Consequently, employees felt empowered to report allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace, and employers were forced to review and revise their policies and respond to increased reports of misconduct.

Advancing Racial Equity in Local Government

In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities (NLC) created the Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. REAL offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically, and physically.

The Academy of Good Governance: Preventing Discrimination, Retaliation and Workplace Hostility in the Public Sector: The Essential Role of Good Governance

Preventing Discrimination, Retaliation and Workplace Hostility in the Public Sector: The Essential Role of Good Governance

Laws and employee expectations continue to evolve and expand regarding individual rights in the workplace.  Legal conflicts arise when treatment is perceived as falling short of expectations.  The key to avoiding the many costs and impacts of litigation is awareness, commitment and follow-through on basic notions of respect and fairness. Governing boards are uniquely positioned to establish the right policy, lead by example and set the tone.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Holds that All Employees Face Individual Liability for Workplace Harassment

The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s recent decision in E.E.O.C. v. Fred Fuller Oil Co. could have significant implications for public employers, as elected officials and governmental employees can now be held personally liable for aspects of workplace discrimination and harassment. 

Legal Background

Fair Housing in New Hampshire

Forty-five years ago, at the height of the civil rights movement and in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress passed the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). It was the final piece of modern civil rights laws begun with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was promulgated to address and suppress racial discrimination against Americans of African descent. The FHA initially prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion.