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Human Rights Affirmative Action Clearance

The Human Rights Department provides Affirmative Action Clearances as a service to City Departments and to fulfill City Council contract approval requirements. The Department reviews the equal employment practices of all contractors, vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers doing business and/or proposing to do business with the City of Detroit.

Pursuant to Section 27-3-2 of the Detroit City Code, all contractors, prospective or otherwise, doing business with the city, shall take affirmative action to achieve reasonable representation of minority groups and women, on their workforce. Such affirmative action shall include but not be limited to the following; employment, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruiting or recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training or education, including apprenticeships.
Once a City Department/Agency or vendor requests an Affirmative Action Clearance, vendors will be expected to submit the following:

  • A copy of the company’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy as officially adopted. This may be a statement on company letterhead and signed by an official, indicating that the company does not discriminate in its employment practices and takes affirmative action to recruit and hire minority persons and women.
  • A completed Contract Compliance Report (EEO-1) listing current employees by sex and race, and establishing minority and female hiring goals for all occupational categories of employment utilized by the company.
  • A completed EEO-2 form, listing current employees, hires, promotions, and terminations during the past year; or employment activity since the last Contract Compliance/Affirmative Action evaluation.
  • A statement on company letterhead that no subcontractors will start work on the project, until they are cleared by the Human Rights Department.
  • The name, address, telephone number, dollar amount, and approximate work start date of all subcontractors on the project should be furnished to the Human Rights Department as soon as they are identified.

Clearances are valid for a minimum of six months to a maximum of 24 months.

Clearance renewals must be requested by the City Department/Agency or vendor one month prior to the expiration date.