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DHSS Principles and Beliefs

Delaware Health & Social Services (DHSS) promotes an environment of mutual respect for all people so that everyone, both employees and clients/customers, has the ability to achieve his or her very best. This is predicated on the belief that each individual has value. DHSS celebrates and promotes the value of diversity in an effort to build trust, harmony and understanding among all who are employed by or come in contact with the Department and its programs.

In valuing people, there are diverse views; and through openness, awareness and sensitivity, we can begin to understand how our words and actions are perceived by others. Achieving excellence in human relations is simply a matter of respect for the individual, regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation. Behaviors which demean or offend people are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Slurs or jokes that reflect negatively on any group or individual;
  • Sexual harassment in any form, in accordance with the State of Delaware's harassment policy;
  • Displays of pictures, posters, calendars, flyers, or other material that belittles, ridicules or shows hostility or dislike toward another individual or group.

An employee, applicant or client/customer reporting violations of these principles or testifying in cases involving harassment or discrimination will not be subject to retaliation.

DHSS encourages and supports our employees and clients/customers to participate in activities which promote knowledge, understanding and respect for cultural and other individual differences.

DHSS believes that these efforts will create a more productive, efficient and effective organization.

DHSS is committed to the equal enforcement of all employment/personnel practices as specified by State and Federal laws, regulations and policies.

Reviewed November 2002