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Molinaro Announces New Human Rights Initiatives For Dutchess County

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro Photo Credit: Dutchess County

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. – Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced a handful of new human rights initiatives, along with a new hire Jody Miller, as the county's Equal Employment Opportunity/Human Rights (EEO/HR) Officer,.

Miller will help implement the new initiatives set out by Molinaro on Friday, just before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

The new initiatives include restarting the county's Human Rights Commission, launching a workforce diversity taskforce and a new 'Ban the Box’ initiative where job applicants will no longer have to indicate whether or not they have a criminal record on an application.

The “Ban the Box” practice will not, however, eliminate post job offer background checks that would provide information about an applicant’s criminal history or employment dismissals that would be relevant to the position for which the person applied.

“Our goal is always be responsive to our community, providing opportunities for people to have their voice heard, facilitate change where needed and help move our county forward with broader opportunities for all,” Molinaro said in a statement.

Miller will begin her work next month, and has worked in the local community and with the state in various positions for more than two decades, including as the executive director for the Mediation Center of Dutchess County.

All initiatives will be launched on Feb. 1.

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