EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Cooperative will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Cooperative confirms its obligations to observe federal and state law with respect to employment opportunities or practices. The Cooperative provides employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital status, family medical history, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Cooperative complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. The Cooperative will not tolerate any instances of prohibited discrimination, including racial, sexual or other harassment (refer to Section IV, Prohibited Discrimination Including Sexual and Other Harassment). Any applicant or employee with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace is encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their supervisor, or the Chief Executive Officer. Applicants and employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination or retaliation will be subject to corrective or disciplinary action as appropriate. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Cooperative is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination with USDA, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.