Equal Employment Opportunity

OVERVIEW
The purpose of this Statement of Policy and Procedure is to express those principles which must be observed by employees in all aspects of their employment relationship with ACT. This applies to all ACT employees.

POLICY
ACT is committed to the fundamental principles of equal employment opportunity. ACT is committed to treating people fairly, with respect and dignity, and to offer equal employment opportunities based upon an individual’s qualifications, skills and performance – free from discrimination or harassment because of race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, disability and record of offences.

These principles apply to all aspects, terms and conditions of employment at ACT, including recruitment, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, dismissal and layoff.

RESPONSIBILITY
Each individual is responsible for ensuring the principles outlined here are adhered to throughout all business activities.

DEFINITIONS
Age: An age that is eighteen (18) years or more.

Disability : 1. Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the forgoing, includes HIV/AIDS, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device;
2. a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
3. a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language;
4. a mental disorder, or;
5. an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (1997).

Family Status:The status of being in a parent and child relationship.

Harassment: Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.

Marital Status: The status of being married, single, widowed, divorced or separated and includes the status of living with a person in a conjugal relationship outside of marriage including same sex partnership.

Record of Offence: A conviction for:
1. an offence in respect of which a pardon has been granted under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) and has not been revoked, or;
2. an offence in respect of any provincial enactment.

PROCEDURE
All forms and procedures used for employment purposes and human resources administration with ACT shall comply with the principles contained within this Statement of Policy and Procedure.

REFERENCES AND RELATED STATEMENTS OF POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Ontario Human Rights Code
OH&S #3.2: Anti-Harassment
HR #2.17: Workplace Accommodation