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5010 (P) - Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action







The district will provide equal employment opportunity and treatment for all applicants and staff in recruitment, hiring, retention, assignment, transfer, promotion and training. Such equal employment opportunity will be provided without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.


The Superintendent will designate a staff member to serve as Compliance Officer.


Affirmative Action


The district, as a recipient of public funds, is committed to undertake affirmative action which will make effective equal employment oppor­tuni­ties for staff and applicants for employment. Such affirmative action will include a review of programs, the setting of goals and the implementation of corrective employment procedures to increase the ratio of aged, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women and Vietnam veterans who are under-represented in the job classifications in relationship to the availability of such persons having requisite qualifications. Affirmative action plans may not include hiring or employment preferences based on gender or race, including color, ethnicity or national origin. Such affirmative action will also include recruitment, selection, training, education and other programs.


The superintendent/designee will develop an affirmative action plan which speci­fies the personnel procedures to be followed by the staff of the dis­trict and will ensure that no such procedures discriminate against any individual. Reasonable steps will be taken to promote employment oppor­tunities of those classes that are recognized as protected groups – aged, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and women and Vietnam veterans. Although under state law, racial minorities, and women may not be treated preferentially in public employment.


This policy, as well as the affirmative action plan, regulations and proce­dures developed according to it, will be disseminated widely to staff in all classifications and to all interested patrons and organiza­tions. Progress toward the goals established under this policy will be reported annually to the board.


Employment of Persons with Disabilities


In order to fulfill its commitment of nondiscrimination to those with disabilities, the following conditions will prevail:


A.    No qualified person with disabilities will, solely by reason of a disability, be subjected to discrimination and the district will not limit, segregate or classify any applicants for employment or any staff member in any way that adversely affects his/her opportunities or status because of a disability. This prohibition applies to all aspects of employment from recruitment to promotions, and includes fringe benefits and other elements of compensation.


B.     The district will make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled applicant or staff member unless it is clear that an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the district program. Such reasonable accommodations may include:


1.      Making facilities used by staff readily accessible and usable by persons with disabilities; and


2.      Job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, the provision of readers or interpreters and other similar actions. In determining whether or not accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the district, factors to be considered include the nature and cost of the accommodation.


C.     The district will not use any employment tests or criteria that screen out persons with disabilities unless the test or criteria is clearly and specifically job-related. Also, the District will not use such tests or criteria if alternative tests or criteria (that do not screen out persons with disabilities) are available.


D.    While the district may not make pre-employment inquiry as to whether an applicant has a disability or as to the nature and severity of any such disability, it may inquire into an applicant's ability to perform job-related functions.


E.     Any staff member who believes that there has been a violation of this policy or the law prohibiting discrimination because of a disability may initiate a grievance through the procedures for staff complaints.


Nondiscrimination for Military Service


The district will not discriminate against any person who is a member of, applies to be a member or performs, has performed, applies to perform or has an obligation to perform service in a uniformed service, on the basis of that participation in a uniformed service. This includes initial employment, retention in employment, promotion or any benefit of employment. The district will also not discriminate against any person who has participated in the enforcement of these rights under state or federal law.

Cross References:


Board Policy 5270               Resolution of Staff Complaints


Board Policy 5407               Military Leave


Legal References:


RCW 28A.400.310              Law against discrimination applicable to district’s employment practices


RCW 28A.640.020              Regulations, guidelines to elimi­nate discrimination—Scope – Sexual harassment policies


RCW 28A.642                     Discrimination prohibition


RCW 49.60                          Discrimination – Human rights commission


RCW 49.60.030                   Freedom from discrimination – Declaration of civil rights


RCW 49.60.180                   Unfair practices of employer


RCW 49.60.400                   Discrimination, preferential treatment prohibited


RCW 73.16                          Employment and Re-employment


WAC 392‑190                      Equal Education Opportunity – Unlawful Discrimination Prohibited


WAC 392-190-0592            Public school employment--Affirmative action program


8 USC 1324                         (IRCA) Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986


20 USC 1681-1688              Title IX Educational Amendments of 1972


29 USC 794                         Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973


38 USC 4212                       Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 (VEVRAA)           


38 USC 4301-4333              Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act


42 USC 2000e1-2000e10     Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964


42 USC 12101-12213          Americans with Disabilities Act


34 CFR 104                          Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in Programs of activities receiving federal financial assistance


Adopted:  July 16, 2002


Revised:  10.07.03; 10.04.05; 11.21.06; 05.21.13


Revised:  August 15, 2017


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