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    Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

    File: 5010

    The Lake Washington School District has a firm commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. The District is further committed to a workplace free of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race; color; creed; religion; sex; age; national origin; ethnicity; marital status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; honorably discharged veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. To these ends, the District has an ongoing Affirmative Action Plan, which advances equal employment opportunity without preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin. 

    The scope of this policy and of the Affirmative Action Plan shall be comprehensive and shall cover all aspects of treatment of employees and applicants, including employment opportunities, compensation, hours of work, conditions of employment, promotions, demotions, transfers, recruitment, advertising, layoff, and termination. 

    The District shall require this policy to be implemented, along with the Affirmative Action Plan, in every department, every school, and at every level of operation within a reasonable but definite period of time. 

    The District shall provide resources for equal employment opportunities to implement the above statement. 

    Employment of Person with Disabilities 
    The District recognizes its obligation under applicable federal, state and local laws to provide reasonable accommodation to allow individuals with disabilities to apply for and perform the essential functions of their jobs. If an employee has a disability and wishes reasonable accommodation, he or she should let his or her supervisor or the Human Resources Director know as soon as possible. The District can discuss with the employee the possibility of providing reasonable accommodations to enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job. The District shall make those reasonable accommodations that may be accomplished without undue hardship to the District. An important factor to be considered shall be the nature and cost of the accommodation. However, an employment opportunity shall not be denied solely on the basis of the need to make reasonable accommodation.  
     
    If an employee becomes unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job, even with reasonable accommodation, he or she should ask about assistance in identifying and applying for other jobs with the District that may become available and for which he or she may be qualified. 

    Employment of Severely Handicapped Persons 
    In keeping with district policy to employ handicapped workers, the Board of Directors herewith affirms its intent to provide employment situations for severely handicapped workers which are appropriate to such workers' capabilities. Such employment situations shall conform to the requirements of the applicable Revised Codes of Washington and Washington Administrative Code. 

    The rate of compensation for handicapped workers shall be a prorated portion of the regular salary schedule for such position. Such prorations shall be determined by the following method: 

    1. The supervisor in the job area shall conduct a time study of the job. 
    2. The time analysis information shall be forwarded to personnel. 
    3. The administrator of personnel, using district and other agency resource people, shall place the applicant on the salary schedule based on the time analysis and an estimate of the time in which the person can perform the job function. 
    4. An evaluation shall be conducted by the administrator of personnel within the first 90 days of employment, using district and other resources to determine whether to continue the employee at his/her current rate of pay or to increase or decrease the rate of pay. 

    Nondiscrimination 
    The District prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment by reason of race; color; creed; religion; sex; age; national origin; ethnicity; marital status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; honorably discharged veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. 

    The Lake Washington School District shall provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the District’s academic, activities, or employment programs without discrimination. Annual and continuous notices of non-discrimination shall be published in compliance with law. 

    Continuous Nondiscrimination Notification 
    The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: 

    • Civil Rights Coordinator 
      Director of Human Resources 
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1266 
      civilrights@lwsd.org 
    • Title IX Coordinator 
      Director of Student Services  
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1289 
      titleix@lwsd.org 
    • Section 504/ADA Coordinator 
      Director of Special Services 
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1407 
      section504@lwsd.org 

    Annual Nondiscrimination Notification 
    The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Lake Washington School District offers classes in career and technical education program areas under a non-discriminatory policy. Specifically, the Lake Washington School District offers classes to students based on educational criteria in programs like Auto Tech, Family Consumer Science, etc., through an enrollment process that is free from discrimination. For more information about the application process and particular course offerings, contact the Career & Technology office at (425) 936-1387. English language proficiency is not a consideration in the offering of classes or the participation requirements for career and technical education classes. This notification can be provided in the appropriate language for communities of national origin by contacting our Communications Department at (425) 936-1300. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: 

    • Civil Rights Coordinator 
      Director of Human Resources 
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1266 
      civilrights@lwsd.org 
    • Title IX Coordinator 
      Director of Student Services  
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1289 
      titleix@lwsd.org 
    • Section 504/ADA Coordinator 
      Director of Special Services 
      16250 NE 74th Street 
      Redmond, WA 98052 
      425-936-1407 
      section504@lwsd.org 

    Complaint Procedure 
    The procedure for a discrimination complaint is set forth in Policy AC-R. Any student or staff member who experiences a violation of this policy should follow the complaint procedure in AC-R. Any student or staff member who witnesses or reports an allegation of sexual harassment should follow the procedures in ACC-R or JFDA-R. 

    Dissemination 
    Dissemination of this policy and associated procedure shall occur on an annual basis. 

    Policy Review 
    The district will review the policy internally on an annual basis. 
     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:

    Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964 
    Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 
    Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375 
    Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972 
    Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972 
    Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504 
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 
    Age Discrimination in Employment Law, P.L. 95-256 
    Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 
    RCW 28A.400.310 
    RCW Chapter 28A.640, generally 
    RCW Chapter 49.60 
    RCW 28A.642 
    RCW 49.60.030 
    WAC 180-40-215 
    WAC Chapter 392-190 generally 
    WAC Chapter 392-200, generally 
    WAC 392-400-215 
    E2SHB 3025 (eff. June 10,2010) 

    CONTRACT REFS.: 
    Lake Washington Education Association Agreement, Articles VII, XIII 
    School District Trades Bargaining Council Agreement, Nondiscrimination 
    Public, Professional and Office-Clerical Employees and Drivers, Local Union No. 763 (Representing the Food Services Employees) 
    Lake Washington Association of Educational Office Personnel/CPEA-WEA-NEA 
    Lake Washington Instructional Assistants Represented by Service Employees International Union, Local #6 

    CROSS REF.:
     

    Instruction (2000)

    Students (3000)

    Community Relations (4000)

    Personnel (5000)

    Management (6000)