Labor pains: Marco Island not reporting its work force breakdown, feds not reacting

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— If you want to know the racial breakdown of employees working for the city of Marco Island, don’t ask either the city or the federal agency that’s supposed to monitor it.

Marco Island, which employed 225 as of June 19, is required to file the information with the federal government. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires local governments with 100 or more employees to file an employment report every other year, according to the EEOC’s website.

“We don’t have a report to share with you that tracks race and gender,” said Laura Litzen, city clerk for Marco Island. “Race, I am a little bit stunned that the government would track things like that. I don’t know how you can be anti-discriminatory and track people by their races.”

Local governments that don’t file the every-other-year report “may be compelled to file by order of a U.S. District Court, upon application of the Attorney General,” according to EEOC regulations.

“I guess if there is some reporting that is necessary, nobody has ever asked us to fill out a report,” Litzen said.

The report has been required since 1973; Marco has been a city for more than a decade.

The EEOC depends on voluntary compliance, Justine Lisser, senior attorney adviser of the office of communication for the EEOC, wrote in an email.

“We have no way to know if municipalities have 100 employees … if they do not self-report,” Lisser said.

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marco826 writes:

s-----!

Windcliff writes:

What an inane comment by the city clerk. The reason for tracking and reporting the racial makeup of the city workforce is to monitor whether the hiring practices roughly represent the population. There have been many occasions in the past, particularly in the South, where discrimination was readily evident by looking at reports. I trust this is not the case on Marco Island, but no one can tell since required reports apparently have not been prepared.

August8 writes:

She is correct, s----- and unjustified, any reason to think the Fed Gov is too big for their pants??

blondie writes:

As I understand it, when an ad is placed for a specific job, anyone can apply for it. Perhaps, minorities, who do not live on the island, may not want to travel that far as there is no public transportation to Marco from Naples etc. It is unfair to blame the City if the individuals do not have transportation to their work place. Also, it is a person's own choice to apply for a job that is conveinent for them.

naples_rocket writes:

looks like Marco Eagle is running out of topics to trash Marco government :)

max1313 writes:

Simple, just add another city employee raise my tax.

JohninMarco writes:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I do not have a problem with what you have said. But you should also state that the city should also STOP taking federal moneies. That means no new bridge, no grants for water and sewage. Pick your poison.

RayPray writes:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

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"she has been the City Clerk how many years?"

>>> She only gets paid ~ 100K a year for this job.

>>> Marco must be probably the most racist community in America.

>>> Evidence of this is how often have you ever seen anybody check any high-class rap music CDs or Tyler Perry DVDs out of the Library?

>>> How many white people have yet to purchase a plastic miniature version of the new DC 'Chinese' REV DR MLK monument?

>>> I believe that amends will require that every Caucasian islander is forced to watch at least 2 Perry DVDs each week!

>>> Every white person on the island must also be forced to watch at least one hour of 'REV' Al Sharpon's MSNBC show each week too.

>>> With eyes wide open!

RayPray writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Violetta?

La Traviata?

Perhaps AIDA would be better for some Afro-Affirmative-Action piece?

Tyler Perry has yet to shoot a direct to DVD version of AIDA....

Could put Oprah in that one....

Ruger writes:

Maybe this part of Obama's Office Of Diversity, Inclusion?

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/201...

The new Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure that the entire U.S. government develops comprehensive strategies to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices. It will assist the different agencies in building a workforce that “respects individual and organizational cultures” by examining policy options, data trends and employee survey findings.

The goal is to eliminate demographic group imbalances in targeted occupations and improve workforce diversity. To attain this, special initiatives have been created targeting specific groups, including Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, women and gays and lesbians.

...

And the Reality of where we are at...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/arti...

According to The Washington Post, blacks hold 44 percent of the jobs at Fannie Mae and 50 percent of the jobs at Freddie Mac.

The EEOC, where African-Americans are overrepresented by 300 percent, has been asked to oversee the new "government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce."

ajm3s writes:

I thought Ms. Litzen ran Marco Island? Is she not responsible for HR? And she is not up to date on Federal reporting protocols?

Her words not mine:

“I guess if there is some reporting that is necessary, nobody has ever asked us to fill out a report,” Litzen said.

Now imagine reversing the roles and you as a citizen offered that expression in defending your lack of applying for a special events permit. Or imagine working for her and offering that retort, would she accept that as a personnel director? is it time for a personnel change?. How does a HR director evaluate oneself? She doesn't, that is the role of the city manager!!!!!!

This is why I say Marco Island is not being properly served by those who should know. They simply do not know and lament that no one told them. Now that is lame/

That was my excuse in elementary school when I did not submit my homework. And I was graded accordingly.

When will Marco Island wake up to the lack of minimal professional standards in our directors.

Or is that is what we tolerate from directors of HR. I guess that is why Marco Island is so special.

I for one have been requesting that those at the top be replaced by those that work under them because the quality is better in the rank and file.

I only hope Mr. Riviere could distinguish a Litzen from those that work under her.

If Marco Island history is our guide, it will take a citizen's led effort to make changes since city managers are very reluctant to remove those with the influence of a Ms. Litzen.

ajm3s writes:

“We don’t have a report to share with you that tracks race and gender,” said Laura Litzen, city clerk for Marco Island. “Race, I am a little bit stunned that the government would track things like that. I don’t know how you can be anti-discriminatory and track people by their races.”

She may have a point, what is the difference between anti-discrimination and discrimination? The better nomenclature or term should be no discrimination, not anti-discrimination.

Interesting, an HR department head cannot distinguish a status report vs. employment anti-discriminatory policies. And a federal agency, that creates a request in which it does not tract (ie. has no clue as to local governments that meet requirement). And you ask, why government is so screwed up? How can you expect quality if there is no standard of performance? Be it for an HR manager to understand employment regulations and reporting requirements or a Federal agency that has no clue to whom it is requesting information.

Would it be to daunting a question to ask if an HR department head or city clerk subscribes to any Federal or state governmental website directly related to her responsibilities with regard to employment and record keeping.

Perhaps, the HR director did not include record keeping as a specific responsibility for city clerk and/or HR Director. It may have been a slight oversight.

Now, I understand why a city clerk tells you she cannot obtain historical voting records for council or any specific information because we do not collect that data. It is standard practice to be ignorant as a director or city clerk in this town.

And folks want to spend more on Marco Island government facilities and personnel.

Recommendation:

Reduce size of city to less than 100 employees to reduce reporting responsibilities.

If you want a first-class city may I suggest quality and not quantity. A smaller government may be advantageous in this day of increasing productivity.

For the record, here is the requirement:

http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/recordk...

http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/report...

http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo4su...

Have a good day!

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to Ruger:

Maybe this part of Obama's Office Of Diversity, Inclusion?

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/201...

The new Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure that the entire U.S. government develops comprehensive strategies to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices. It will assist the different agencies in building a workforce that “respects individual and organizational cultures” by examining policy options, data trends and employee survey findings.

The goal is to eliminate demographic group imbalances in targeted occupations and improve workforce diversity. To attain this, special initiatives have been created targeting specific groups, including Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, women and gays and lesbians.

...

And the Reality of where we are at...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/arti...

According to The Washington Post, blacks hold 44 percent of the jobs at Fannie Mae and 50 percent of the jobs at Freddie Mac.

The EEOC, where African-Americans are overrepresented by 300 percent, has been asked to oversee the new "government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce."

Thank you very much for your informative response to this article on diversity in the work place.
I thought I would add to it by mentioning the Office of Diversity and Inclusion was formed by Obama, by Executive Order, which means “We the People” had absolutely no say in this matter.
Everyone needs to read your response closely and go to the links to see a true picture of where our once great Country is heading at the expense of the Tax Paying People.
It also helps explain why business is not hiring, because under the Diversity Rule, they must hire twice as many people to get the same amount of work done.
As far as our City is concerned, the answer is simple. Reduce staff to ninety-nine (99), and make the remaining staff work twice as hard.

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