Equal Opportunity

Mission, Goals and FAQs

Mission Statement

To encourage and support equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, or political opinions or affiliations.

To recruit and retain qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds and to cultivate a climate of acceptance and respect.

To investigate internal charges of discrimination and harassment and to make just recommendations.


To provide an outreach recruitment program for the purpose of attracting women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities to the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County workforces.

To implement a policy for all personnel involved in the recruitment, screening, selection, promotion, disciplinary, and related processes to ensure that the affirmative action program goals are implemented.

To provide a training program for all City and County employees to ensure that they are educated with regard to the City and County policies on discrimination, harassment and affirmative action.

To accommodate and encourage the increased participation of diverse community members on City advisory boards and commissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is affirmative action?
    • Affirmative action is a tool of inclusion that allows all qualified people to compete fairly. It is a means by which equal opportunity is achieved. The City and County affirmative action policies include such measures as: (1) outreach and recruiting efforts to aid in diversifying the pool of qualified candidates for employment; (2) examination of current policies and practices to identify existing barriers to equal opportunity; and (3) anti-discrimination and diversity training to help retain current diverse employees.
  2. Does affirmative action allow for preferential selection procedures that benefit unqualified candidates?
    • No, affirmative action does not supercede merit-based decision making. It is unlawful to give preference to unqualified candidates in the name of affirmative action.
  3. Does affirmative action allow for quotas?
    • No, quotas are unlawful. Flexible goals may serve as benchmarks by which to judge the effectiveness of affirmative action efforts. Goals are not designed to achieve proportional representation.


  1. What do I do as a city and county employee if I feel I'm being discriminated against?
    • All discrimination allegations should be reported personally, or by a designated representative, to your Department Head, the Personnel Department, or the Affirmative Action Director at 441-3871. Your allegation will be promptly addressed.
  2. Will my allegations be confidential?
    • Your Department Head and/or the Affirmative Action Director will protect the confidentiality of your allegations to the extent possible. However, it may not be possible to conduct an effective investigation without revealing certain information to those who need to know.
  3. What will happen after my Department Head or the Affirmative Action Director investigates my allegations?
    • If the complaint is found to have merit, corrective action, which may entail discipline up to and including termination of the offending employee(s), will be implemented. If the complaint is found to be invalid, all involved parties will be so notified.

Training Sessions

Available for City, and County Department Staff and Managers

  • Fair Hiring Guidelines
  • Employment and the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Harassment Prevention for Supervisors and Managers
  • Harassment Prevention for Non-Supervisory Staff
  • Multicultural Communications
  • The Top Ten Must-Do's for New Managers
  • Harassment Update
  • Effective Performance Documentation
  • Harassment Case Study Discussion Group for Managers

Contact Daisy Brayton at dbrayton@lincoln.ne.gov to schedule training for your department.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Applicants are required to complete separate applications for each posted vacancy.

The City of Lincoln and Lancaster County are Equal Opportunity employers. All individuals hired will be required to provide documentation to establish identity and employment authorization as a condition of employment in accordance with the Immigration Reform Act. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reasonable accommodations for the application and testing process will be made upon request.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions carry with them paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 5-day 40-hr. week, health insurance, life insurance, retirement and lead to full membership in the classified service of the City of Lincoln or Lancaster County. Benefits for part-time, classified employees are available depending upon the number of hours worked per week and prorated accordingly. Temporary and unclassified positions are paid for hours worked and offer NO BENEFITS. Certain non-career service grant-funded positions may specify terms and conditions of employment.

You are invited to participate in our E-Notification process.

Note: The statement of duties, responsibilities and qualifications listed on this announcement is not necessarily, and should not be, construed as complete nor all inclusive, nor does it supersede the official classification specification and position description.

Applicants must meet minimum requirements as stated or have equivalent combinations of experience or training which demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job. When licensure is a necessary special requirement, substitutions or equivalency are not accepted.