WHEREAS, as an employer, state government has a continuing responsibility to set an example of equal employment practices for all its citizens regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory handicap/disability; and

WHEREAS, analysis of current state government employment shows under-representation of women, ethnic minorities, handicapped persons and disabled and Vietnam era veterans in certain geographical areas and/or agencies and within various job classifications, particularly those at higher levels of responsibility; and

WHEREAS, corrective action is necessary as a method of achieving an employment profile in state government which is representative of our diverse society and in accord with federal efforts to improve employment for disabled and Vietnam era veterans; and

WHEREAS, to achieve these employment goals as directed in the Executive Order 11246 as amended, Vietnam Era Readjustment Act of 1974, Section 503 Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1974, Age Discrimination Act of 1967 as amended, RCW 49.60 and other state and federal laws and regulations, there now exist two Affirmative Action Executive Orders, and it is my desire to have one comprehensive order covering affirmative action in state government,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dixy Lee Ray, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, Affirm my commitment to attain equal employment opportunities for all, to ensure freedom from discrimination based upon race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental handicap, in accordance with state laws and public policies; and

Direct that affirmative action continue to improve the employment opportunities of under-represented groups and disabled and Vietnam era veterans in all aspects of employment; and

Direct that barrier that employment of the handicapped be eliminated and reasonable accommodations be made to ensure the inclusion of handicapped individuals in the work force.

I further direct that agencies and higher education institutions, working with the State Personnel Board and the Higher Education Personnel Board shall make every possible effort to resolve complaints in accordance with grievance procedures established by collective bargaining agreements or, in their absence, internal grievance procedures, provided that employees shall be advised of their right to file a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission or appropriate federal regulatory agency in a timely fashion.

Accordingly, with these expressed policies and these goals in mind, I make the following declarations:

A. In order to achieve full agency participation in this effort, the Secretary, Director, President or Chairman of each state agency or higher education institution which has not already done so shall:

B. The Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee is hereby established and shall have the, following responsibilities:

C. The Department of Personnel shall:

D. The Higher Education Personnel Board shall:

E. The Human Rights Commission shall:

F. The Office of the Governor shall:

All of the provisions of Executive Order 77-10 and 78-01 are hereby rescinded and revoked.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be Affixed at Olympia this 15th day of October A.D., Nineteen hundred and seventy-nine.


Governor of Washington

Secretary of State