A. Discrimination is prohibited.
It shall be the policy of Legal Aid of North Carolina not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any basis prohibited by law. It shall be the goal of the organization to promote and maintain a high level of diversity in all of its offices and projects. Sexual harassment anywhere in the organization shall not be permitted.
Legal Aid of North Carolina shall not discriminate:
- In the provision of any of its services to clients.
- In any matters of employment, or anywhere else in the organization with regards to hiring, compensation, promotion, access to training, or any other terms and conditions of employment.
- In the recruitment for, or assignment of, any volunteer activity, which includes participation on the governing board and any advisory council.
- In the selection of vendors, or other contractors, for goods and services.
B. Discrimination or sexual harassment is not tolerated or condoned.
Legal Aid of North Carolina shall not permit, tolerate, or condone discrimination or sexual harassment by staff, volunteers (including board and advisory council members), or vendors in the provision of services to clients, in matters of employment, or anywhere else in the organization. Sexual harassment is any express or implied request for unwanted sexual favors as a condition for providing legal services or as a condition of employment; it is also any unwanted verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature, or any other conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or program environment.
C. Legal Aid of North Carolina fosters full participation within its offices and projects.
Legal Aid of North Carolina will foster the full and independent participation of each client, staff member, and volunteer in all of its offices and projects as follows:
- Reasonable accommodations for disabilities shall be granted readily in employment matters and in all projects unless to do so would impose an undue hardship or burden on the organization. As federally defined, disability is (a) a determinable physical or mental characteristic of an individual that may result from disease, injury, congenital condition, or functional disorder that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual to perform the essential job functions; (b) a history or record of a determinable physical or mental characteristic; or (c) being regarded as having a determinable physical or mental characteristic.
- Legal Aid NC shall, when necessary, provide interpretation and/or translation for Limited English Proficient clients, as detailed in Legal Aid NC’s Language Access Policy.