WHEREAS, it is the long established policy of the State of Washington that the state should not discriminate in its employment practices based on characteristics that are not directly related to the ability of an individual to perform the requirements of a job; and

WHEREAS, state government has traditionally adopted employment policies and procedures to encourage non-discriminatory employment practices intended to provide desirable models for the private sector and local governments; and

WHEREAS, significant changes have occurred to address problems in hiring, promoting, and retaining an employment force which reflects the composition of the broad community of the citizens of the state, and efforts must continue to further enhance the participation and representation in the state's work force for certain groups which have suffered past discrimination in society; and

WHEREAS, the state has an existing policy that its agencies and institutions of higher education undertake affirmative action programs to recruit into all levels of employment certain under-represented groups which include women, ethnic and racial minorities, persons of disability, persons over the age of 40, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans; and

WHEREAS, certain groups, including some which are not otherwise protected under existing state and federal law, may experience discrimination in hiring, promotion, recruitment, and tenure associated with their employment with the state; and

WHEREAS, because of the increasing diversity in the state's work force, it is important that agencies and higher education institutions create an organizational culture that respects and values individual differences and encourages the productive potential of every employee.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby:

Reaffirm my commitment to elimination of all barriers to employment which artificially restrict hiring, promotion, recruitment, and tenure on the basis of any physical, cultural, religious, or other status which is not directly related to the performance of a job; and

Direct that all agencies and institutions of higher education continue to use corrective employment measures to employ, in all job categories, designated under-respresented groups which include women, ethnic and racial minorities, persons of disability, persons over the age of 40, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans. Agencies and higher education institutions shall base their corrective programs on applicable state and federal law including the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) covering employment based on Revised Code of Washington 49.60 and Chapter 365 Laws of 1985, and comply with Federal Executive Order 11246 as amended by Federal Executive Order 11375, the Vietnam Era Readjustment Act of 1976, Section 503 of the Vocational rehabilitation Act of 1974, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 as amended; and

Direct that barriers to the employment of persons of disability continue to be eliminated and that reasonable accommodation continue to be made to ensure the inclusion of disabled individuals in the work force; and

Direct that all state agencies and institutions of higher education continue to improve the employment opportunities for Vietnam era veterans; and

Direct that no state agency or institutions of higher education shall discriminate in employment solely on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation. No state agency or institution of higher education shall be required to establish employment goals based on sexual orientation; and

Urge all state agencies and institutions of higher education to take reasonable and appropriate steps to encourage the participation in the state work force of persons with limited ability to speak English.

Accordingly, in order to implement the aforesaid policies, I direct all state agencies and institutions of higher education to:

Furthermore, the Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee established under Executive Order 84-10 is hereby reestablished. The membership shall not exceed fifteen and shall consist of representatives from state agencies involved in affirmative action issues, protected groups, the Department of Personnel and the Higher Education Personnel Board. Membership on the committee shall also include geographic representation from Eastern and Western Washington. The Governor shall appoint the chair. Members shall be reimbursed for travel expenses for attendance at meetings of the committee. The Committee shall:

The Department of Personnel shall:

The Higher Education Personnel Board shall:

The Human Rights Commission shall:

The Office of the Governor shall:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the seal of the State
of Washington to be affixed at Olympia
this 6th day of September A.D., Nineteen hundred and ninety-one.




Governor of Washington

Secretary of State