3.02 – Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
It is the policy of Ozarks Technical Community College to provide equal opportunities for employment, retention, and advancement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, political affiliation, gender, age, religion, ancestry, disability, and/or prior Vietnam-era military service.
The College’s practices with regard to employees and applicants for employment are to provide that all individuals be recruited, hired, assigned, advanced, compensated, transferred, and retained on the basis of their qualifications and needs of the College, and each individual will be treated equally in these and all other respects without regard to race, color, national origin, political affiliation, gender, age, religion, ancestry, disability, and/or prior Vietnam-era military service.
The purpose of this policy is to accomplish the following:
- To insure equal opportunities for the employment, promotion, and transfer of all persons except as otherwise provided by law;
- To provide students with an opportunity to relate to and learn with members of various racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, and to increase knowledge and enhance cultural understanding;
- To improve opportunities for all qualified individuals by utilizing recruitment practices which seek the best qualified applicants irrespective of their race, color, national origin, political affiliation, gender, age, religion, ancestry, disability, or prior Vietnam-era military service;
- To improve opportunities for all qualified individuals by the identification and elimination of any artificial barriers to employment or advancement in employment; and
- To improve the opportunities for all qualified individuals by affirmatively encouraging qualified minority, female, and disabled individuals to apply for positions where they may have, in the past, been under-utilized.
The College considers it the responsibility of all administrative personnel to further the implementation of this policy and ensure conformance of their subordinates.
Administrative personnel, as well as those responsible for hiring new employees, must take all necessary action in the elimination of possible discrimination toward employees and applicants for employment with this College in all categories and levels of employment and employee relations.
- Special Provisions Relative to Age
Equal employment opportunity as to age applies only to persons over the age of 40. State and federal laws forbid employment discrimination on the basis of age for these persons. It is unlawful “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individual’s age”.
- Special Provisions Relative to Disabilities
Equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities includes the making of a reasonable accommodation to the known physical limitations of a qualified disabled applicant or employee who would be able to perform the essential duties of the job if such accommodation is made. This may include: making facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by such persons; job make such reasonable adjustments for the known limitations of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees, unless it can be demonstrated that a particular adjustment or alteration would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the College.
Whether an accommodation is reasonable must depend on the facts in each case. Factors to be considered in determining this include: the nature and cost of the accommodation needed; the type of operation, including the composition and structure of its workforce; and the overall size of the particular program involved with respect to number of employees, number and type of facilities, and size of budget.