ARTICLE 23

NON-DISCRIMINATION

23.1

The CSU and the Head Start Program prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ancestry, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition and/or national origin. “Veteran status,” as used herein, refers to the categories protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which currently includes Vietnam-era veterans, qualified special disabled veterans, and veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized. It is recognized these categories of protected veterans may expand or contract in the future consistent with changes in the VEVRAA. “Disability” and “medical condition,” as used herein, are consistent with the definitions provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

23.2

An employee, who alleges discrimination in violation of a CSU systemwide non-discrimination or anti-harassment policy, shall file a complaint under the procedure described in Executive Order 928, or in any superseding executive order, as applicable. An employee may also file a complaint regarding the same incident with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing provided the complaint falls within the statute of limitations established by the federal government.

Whistleblowing

23.3

An employee, who wishes to file a disclosure of an improper governmental activity and/or a significant health or safety threat, shall file the complaint under the procedure described in Executive Order 821, or in any superseding executive order, as applicable.

23.4

An employee, who alleges that he/she suffered retaliation for making a protected disclosure of an improper governmental activity and/or a significant health or safety threat, shall file a complaint under the procedure described in Executive Order 822, or in any superseding executive order, as applicable.

 

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