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1008NON-DISCRIMINATION

It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education ("Board") that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law is prohibited, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board.  The Board’s prohibition of discrimination or harassment in its educational programs or activities expressly extends to academic, nonacademic and extracurricular activities, including athletics, as well as the district website.  It is also the policy of the Board of Education to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status. 

For the purposes of this policy, “gender identity or expression” means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.

For the purposes of this policy, “veteran” means any person honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from active service in, the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force and any reserve component thereof, including the Connecticut National Guard.

Any individual wishing to file a complaint regarding discrimination may obtain a copy of the Board’s complaint procedures and complaint form which are included in the Board’s Administrative Regulations Regarding Non-Discrimination.  These regulations accompany Board Policy #1008, Community/Non-Discrimination Policy and are available online at www.meridenk12.org or upon request from the main office of any district school. 

If a complaint involves allegations of discrimination or harassment based on reasons such as gender/sex or disability, such complaints will be handled in accordance with other appropriate policies Policy # 4030, Sex Discrimination/Harassment in the Workplace ; Policy #5020, Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Students); Policy #4005, Section 504/ADA (Personnel), and Policy # 5010, Section 504/ADA (Students)).

Individuals also may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education (“OCR”):

 

Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office

U.S. Department of Education

8th Floor

5 Post Office Square

Boston, MA  02109- 3921

(617) 289-0111

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

 

Employees may also file a complaint regarding employment discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office

John F. Kennedy Federal Building

475 Government Center

Boston, MA  02203

(800-669-4000)

 

Individuals may also file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities:

 

Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

450 Columbus Blvd.

Hartford, CT 06103-1835

(800-477-5737)

 

Anyone who has questions or concerns about this policy, or would like a copy of the Board’s complaint procedures or complaint forms related to claims of discrimination, may contact:

 

Office of the Assistant Superintendent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4173

 

Anyone who has questions or concerns about the Board’s policies regarding discrimination on the basis of gender/sex may contact the Board’s Title IX Coordinator:

 

Office of the Assistant Superintendent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4173

 

           Anyone who has questions or concerns about the Board’s policies regarding discrimination on the basis of disability may contact the Board’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator:

 

Office of the Assistant Superintendent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4173

 

Legal References: 

           Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

           Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.

           Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.

           Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621

           Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101

           Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794

           Connecticut General Statutes § 10-153.  Discrimination on basis of marital status

           Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-58.  Deprivation of Rights

           Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-60

           Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-81a Discrimination on basis of sexual orientation:  Definitions

           Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-81c Sexual orientation discrimination:  Employment.

          

ADOPTED:  December 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved 12/18/2018
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