Affirmative Action

Human Resources
Policy Number: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Last Revised: 
Monday, November 5, 2018

Adopted from Board Policy 3-II; 1/15/2014

Affirmative Action     To further the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity employment, which are fundamental to the goals and objectives of the college, the college has adopted the following policies:

 A.        Non-Discrimination     The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification, or any other prohibited basis in accordance with Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX, Federal Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, and any other applicable federal and state laws.

 B.        Equal Pay    In accordance with the Federal Equal Pay Act of 1963, the college requires equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.

 C.        Title IX    The college endorses equal opportunity on the basis of sex in the college’s education programs and activities, employment therein, or admission thereto in accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The college does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its personnel practices in accordance with Title IX and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Sex Discrimination Guidelines, 41 CFR 60-20.

 D.         Nepotism     The informal practice, which results in the refusal to employ more than one member of a family on the basis of family relationships, is not a policy of the college. The best- qualified person is actively recruited for all positions and consideration is based solely on merit. Family relationships shall not be used as basis for denying rights, privileges or benefits of regular appointment of regular job status. However, members of the same family will not screen, hire or supervise members of their immediate family.

 E.         Disabled and Vietnam Era Veterans    The college employs, advances in employment, and otherwise treats qualified disabled veterans and veterans of Vietnam era without discrimination based upon their disability or veteran status in all employment practices such as hiring, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship. The definition of Veteran for the purposes of receiving certain benefits, includes a person who is in receipt of separation orders or documents that characterize his or her service as honorable.

F.        Non-Discrimination of the Disabled    In all employment practices, the college hires persons of disability without discrimination. Employment practices include but are not limited to selection, advancement, transfer or demotion, recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay, other compensation, and training. Additionally, the college treats persons of disability without discrimination in all educational programs and offerings.

G.        Age     In accordance with the Federal Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and Amendment of 1978; and state of Washington, Chapter 49.60 RCW, the college does not discriminate on the basis of age in employment practices or educational programs.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply: 

All employees of the college and applicants seeking employment.