Naugatuck Valley Community College continues to acknowledge the purpose and need for continuing implementation of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. In considering the need for affirmative action, it is important to distinguish between affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
Equal Employment Opportunity is the employment of individuals without consideration of race, color, religious creed, age, sex (including pregnancy and transsexualism), marital status, national origin, ancestry, intellectual disability, learning disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical disability including, but not limited to blindness, criminal record, present or past history of mental disability, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, and genetic information, unless the provisions of Sections 46a-60(b), 46a-80(b) or 46a81(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes are controlling or there is a bona fide occupational qualification excluding persons in one of the above protected groups. Although it is recognized that there are bona fide occupational qualifications which provide for exception from employment prohibitions, it is understood that these exceptions are to be applied pursuant to Section 46a-68-33 of the administrative regulations. The College will not request nor require genetic information from job applicants or employees or otherwise discriminate against any person in employment conditions on the basis of genetic information.
Affirmative Action is positive action undertaken with conviction and effort to overcome the present effects of past practices or barriers to equal employment opportunity. The purpose of affirmative action is to achieve equal employment opportunity. As such, program goals will be set to overcome barriers and achieve full and fair utilization in our workforce.
Naugatuck Valley Community College believes that positive action needs to be undertaken with conviction and effort to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies and barriers to equal employment opportunity and to achieve the full and fair participation of women, blacks, Hispanics and any other group found to be underutilized in our workforce or affected by policies or practices having adverse impact. Further, our College will not discriminate against any individual on the grounds of political beliefs or veteran status.
The equal employment opportunity process needs to assure that:
- Recruitment and hiring of any group found to be underutilized in our workforce or affected by policies or practices having adverse impact reflect their availability in the job market.
- Opportunities are to be made available to all employees for training and education and are administered in an equitable manner.
- Decisions involving transfer, reassignment, separation and termination are based upon job related factors and criteria and that practices which have an illegal discriminatory impact have been identified and eliminated.
- This policy extends to the physically disabled and older persons who experience special hiring difficulties. Program goals will be set for action to identify and overcome areas of underutilization.
As the appointing authority for Naugatuck Valley Community College, I am totally committed to the achievement of affirmative objectives, goals and the timetables of the plan set forth. Naugatuck Valley Community College calls on, and expects, the members of its community to make even greater efforts to reach out to the groups in our region who have been historically excluded and/or under-represented in higher education. I urge all members of the college community to support this plan and assist us in achieving our goals.
Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
As the appointing authority, I give responsibility for monitoring and developing the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan to Ronald Clymer, the college Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. Mr. Clymer can be reached at Kinney Hall, Room 705a, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708. His telephone number is 203-575-8110. He has the delegated authority from me to comply with the monitoring of and reporting on the structure and process established by the Plan and by the System's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. The Equal Employment Opportunity statement is to be posted throughout the College and distributed to all employees of Naugatuck Valley Community College in accordance with statutory mandate, executive orders, directive and statutes attached immediately hereto.
Appointment Authority Signature
I hereby attest to my commitment and the commitment of Naugatuck Valley Community College to achieve the goals within the timetables set forth in the plan.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
Naugatuck Valley Community College