Non-Discrimination Policy

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ARTICLE I - PURPOSE

1. Purpose. The purpose of this Non-Discrimination Policy ("Policy") is to prohibit unlawful discrimination against persons who are employed by, do business with, or otherwise interact with Wikimedia District of Columbia ("Wikimedia DC").

2. Intent. In adopting this Policy, it is the intent of Wikimedia DC to conform to the spirit, as well as the letter, of all applicable laws and regulations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

ARTICLE II - GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. Discrimination. It is the policy of Wikimedia DC to prohibit discrimination, in whole or in part, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, disability, sexual orientation or identity, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

2. Applicability. The provisions of this Policy shall apply to any individual representing Wikimedia DC in any capacity, including all officers, directors, employees, contractors, and volunteers; and to individuals or organizations doing business with Wikimedia DC to the greatest feasible extent.

3. Responsibility. All employees, volunteers, and other staff of Wikimedia DC shall comply with this Policy at all times. The President shall be responsible for disseminating this Policy and for ensuring overall compliance. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining records in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

4. Safe Space Policy. All employees, volunteers, and other staff of Wikimedia DC shall comply with the conduct-related provisions of the Safe Space Policy while carrying out Wikimedia DC business.

5. Violations. Violations of this Policy shall not be tolerated, regardless of whether or not an actual law has been violated. Violations of this Policy shall be reported to the President or, in cases where a report concerns the President, to the Chair of the Audit Committee. Wikimedia DC shall promptly and thoroughly investigate every issue that is brought to its attention in this area and shall take appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

6. No Retaliation. No hardship, no loss or benefit, and no penalty shall be imposed on an employee as punishment for filing or responding to a bona fide complaint of discrimination or harassment, appearing as a witness in the investigation of a complaint, or serving as an investigator of a complaint. Any employee who engages in retaliation or attempted retaliation shall be subject to severe sanctions up to and including termination.

ARTICLE III - EMPLOYMENT

1. Applicability. The policy of equal employment opportunity shall apply to all aspects of the relationship between Wikimedia DC and its employees, including, but not limited to, recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, training, working conditions, wages and salary administration, employee benefits, and application of policies.

2. Employment of Veterans. To the extent required by law, Wikimedia DC shall take action to employ, advance in employment, and treat qualified veterans and disabled veterans without discrimination in all employment practices.

ARTICLE IV - DISABILITIES

1. Definitions. As used in this Policy, the following terms have the indicated meaning:

(a) “Disability” refers to a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual. An individual who has such an impairment, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment is a “disabled individual”.
(b) A “qualified individual” means an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the individual holds or has applied for.
(c) “Reasonable accommodation” means making existing facilities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, adjustment or modification of examinations, adjustment or modification of training materials, adjustment or modification of policies, and similar activities.
(d) “Undue hardship” means an action requiring significant difficulty or expense by Wikimedia DC. The factors to be considered in determining an undue hardship include: (1) the nature and cost of the accommodation; (2) the overall financial resources of the facility at which the reasonable accommodation is to be made; (3) the number of persons employed at that facility; (4) the effect on expenses and resources or other impact upon that facility; (5) the overall financial resources of Wikimedia DC; (6) the overall number of employees and facilities; (7) the operations of the particular facility as well as Wikimedia DC; and (8) the relationship of the particular facility to Wikimedia DC. These are examples, not all of the factors.
(e) “Direct threat to safety” means a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation.
(f) “Essential job functions” refers to those activities of a job that are the core to performing said job for which the job exists that cannot be modified.

2. Non-Discrimination. It is the policy of Wikimedia DC not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

3. Accommodation. It is the policy of Wikimedia DC to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. Wikimedia DC shall reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a temporary or long-term disability so that they can perform the essential functions of a job. An individual who can be reasonably accommodated for a job, without undue hardship, shall be given the same consideration for that position as any other applicant.

4. Safety Standards. All employees of Wikimedia DC are required to comply with safety standards. Applicants who pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace, which threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation, shall not be hired. Current employees who pose a direct threat to the health of safety of the other individuals in the workplace shall be placed on appropriate leave until an organizational decision has been made in regard to the employee’s immediate employment situation.