EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

4000

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION

           The Meriden Board of Education ("Board") will not make employment decisions (including decisions related to hiring, assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, disciplinary action and termination) on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability (including pregnancy), genetic information, veteran status or gender identity or expression, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.

           It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education 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), genetic information, veteran status or gender identity or expression, 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.  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), veteran status or gender identity or expression. 

For the purposes of this policy, “genetic information” means the information about genes, gene products, or inherited characteristics that may derive from an individual or a family member.  “Genetic information” may also include an individuals’ family medical history, the results of an individual’s or family member’s genetic tests, the fact that an individual or an individual’s family member sought or received genetic services, and genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or an individual’s family member or an embryo lawfully held by an individual or family member receiving assistive reproductive services.

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. 

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.

           Any employee 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/Personnel.  These regulations accompany Board Policy # 4000 for Personnel/Non-Discrimination 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 under other appropriate policies Policy # 4030, Sex Discrimination/Harassment in the Workplace; Policy #4005, Section 504/ADA).

 

Any employee 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)

Employees 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 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 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 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

           Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Pub.L.110-233, 42 U.S.C. § 2000ff; 29 CFR 1635.1 et seq.

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

           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.

           Public Act 17-127, An Act Concerning Discriminatory Practices Against Veterans, Leaves of Absence for National Guard Members, Application for Certain Medicaid Programs, and Disclosure of Certain Records to Federal Military Law Enforcement.

 

ADOPTED: April 28, 1981

Amended:     November 6, 2013

Amended:     November 17, 2015

Amended:     December 18, 2018

 

Previous Policy Number: AC

 

 

 

Approved 12/18/2018
Previous Policy Number: AC