Promoting Equality in the Workplace
Government workforces that resemble the communities they serve are more productive and more capable of performing their tasks with thoughtfulness, efficiency and success. Similarly, Kathleen knows that government offices can also be leaders in the move to evolve workplace standards and employment policies that reflect the needs of the modern family and the taxpayer.
After becoming the first woman elected district attorney in Long Island’s history, Kathleen set out to revamp the office’s recruiting, hiring and promotional practices so that its ranks – from new prosecutors to managers and executives – would better reflect the county’s diversity. As a result of her efforts, women now occupy half the office’s managerial posts, incoming classes of new prosecutors include more people of color than ever before, and her administration has eliminated a decades-old gender pay gap that under the prior administration stood at more than 30%.
In addition to changing the face of the office and its leadership, Kathleen has also developed its first-ever policy aimed at offering flex- and part-time schedules to prosecutors needing to care for a family member or in need of a reduced work schedule for personal or physical reasons. The policy has improved workforce efficiency, expanded the pool of employees able to make use of the flexibility, and broadened the roles flex- and part-time prosecutors can play in the office. Kathleen’s modern, family-friendly employment policy reduces the number of public servants and career prosecutors forced to face the difficult decision of serving the public or tending to an important personal responsibility.
Kathleen’s employment policies have earned her the support of both of the office’s labor unions, the Civil Service Employee Association Local 830 and the Nassau County District Attorney Investigators’ Police Benevolent Association. Kathleen's progressive management record and vision for the office have also earned her the support of women's rights pioneer Gloria Steinem, the Women's Campaign Fund, and EMILY's List.