Human Relations / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The City of Winston-Salem Human Relations/Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Department is committed to the philosophy of inclusion, equal opportunity, and fair treatment in employment, housing, and public accommodations by providing, facilitating, promoting, anticipating, studying, and recommending programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in municipal programs and services, as well as all fields of human relationships. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Winston-Salem employment practices are guided by federal, state, and local rules and regulations guaranteeing employment opportunities to all persons without regard to and prohibiting discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender expression or gender identity, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, protected hairstyles, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exists.

View the online jobs listing and employment application.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

The city is subject to certain provisions within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Should you have a question concerning the ADA, its application to the city, or a request for a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department or the city’s ADA Coordinator in the City Attorney’s Office for further information.

Employee Equity Survey

The results of the 2022 Employee Equity Survey may be found here.

The survey responses and employee concerns presented herein demonstrate a wide range of equity concerns that have since been addressed and/or are being addressed by the Human Resources Department. Due to personnel privacy, this overview does not include responses to the open-ended survey questions; however, the responses have been shared with the appropriate departments, including the City Manager's Office, the City Attorney's Office, and the Human Resources Department, for close examination and follow-up.

Eviction Diversion Information

HRC Municipal Equality Index Scorecard

Winston-Salem scored 90 out of 100 points on the Human Rights Campaign's 2023 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard. This score is based on five categories: (1) nondiscrimination laws, (2) the municipality as an employer, (3) municipal services, (4) law enforcement, and (5) leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. The detailed scorecard may be viewed on HRC's website.

City of Winston-Salem Employee Demographics

Total Employees: 2,352. Male 73%. Female 27%. White 57% African American 35%. Hispanic 5%. Other 3%.3rd Quarter, 2023-24

Celebrating Black History Month February 2023


City Observing Black History Month

The city is observing Black History Month in February with the annual Police, Fire and Recreation & Parks departments Black History Month program, as well as special programs at Union Station, Old Town Neighborhood Center and the William C. Sims Sr. Community Center. Read more...

Register Now for the 18th Annual Fair Housing Summit!

Fair Housing Summit


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