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<br />Board Policy No. 27 <br />Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) <br /> <br />Page 1 of 4 <br />Summary <br /> <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish an equal employment opportunity program for <br />employees. Federal regulations require the adoption of an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) <br />Program as a condition of receipt of federal funds. The North County Transit District (NCTD) <br />administrative manuals, policies, and procedures mandate equal employment opportunities in <br />recruitment, hiring, and employment for applicants to, and employees of, NCTD. NCTD also has <br />separate written policies which forbid discrimination and provide grievance procedures for <br />employees and visitors to NCTD who believe they have been a victim of discrimination. In <br />addition, NCTD incorporates an EEO requirement in its contracts with third parties. <br /> <br />Policy <br /> <br />NCTD is an EEO employer that strictly adheres to the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act <br />of 1964 and to the provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. It is against <br />NCTD policy for an employee (including supervisors and managers), contractor, consultant to <br />base employment decisions, the treatment and/or advancement of employees, or any aspect of <br />personnel policies and procedures on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed (including <br />religious dress and grooming practices), gender, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, <br />breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), sexual <br />orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age (40 and over), marital status/domestic partner <br />status, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic <br />information and characteristics, primary language, immigration status, military and veteran status, <br />or any other protected characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. NCTD also prohibits <br />discrimination based on the perception that one has any of the protected classifications noted <br />above or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as being a member of any of the <br />protected classifications. In addition, NCTD will make reasonable accommodations for employees <br />and applicants with disabilities or to practice or observe their religion, if it can do so without undue <br />hardship and without causing a direct threat to the health and safety of the employee or others. <br /> <br />This policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, <br />classification, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation, and other <br />terms and conditions of employment. <br /> <br />In the development and implementation of its personnel policies and procedures, NCTD will <br />continue to base decisions solely on job-related qualifications and requirements of the position <br />for which the individual is being considered. <br /> <br />All NCTD management staff are responsible for maintaining a working environment of equal <br />employment opportunity, including an environment free of sexual harassment and discrimination, <br />and assisting in attainment of NCTD EEO goals. NCTD evaluates the performance of managers, <br />supervisors, and others based on the success of the EEO Program in the same manner that the <br />agency evaluates their performance in other agency programs. <br /> <br />• NCTD will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual <br />harassment, of NCTD employees.