2.5 Non-Discrimination Policy

Westmont College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, medical condition, religion, marital status, military status, veteran status or mental or physical disability in its employment practices, except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification. As allowed by federal and state law, Westmont chooses to exercise religious preference in all areas that it deems appropriate for its mission.

The college will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship for the college would result.

Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact the Human Resources office and request such an accommodation. Any employee who requires an accommodation should contact his or her immediate supervisor. The individual with the disability should specify what accommodation he or she needs to perform the job. The college will then engage in a good-faith interactive process with the employee or applicant to determine what, if any, effective accommodations can be made for the employee or applicant. The college will conduct an investigation to identify the barriers that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to have an equal opportunity to perform his or her job. The college will identify possible accommodations, if any, which will help eliminate the limitation. If the accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, the college will make the accommodation.

Any employee who feels subjected to illegal discrimination, or becomes aware of an actual or potential illegal discrimination, should refer to the complaint resolution procedure outlined in the employee and faculty handbooks of the college. (See 2.3 Policy on Resolving Conflicts; and 2.4, Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Assault.)

It is Westmont's policy to recruit, hire, and promote in all job classifications on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competence, potential and institutional fit. All employees must be supportive of the college's Christian mission, Statement of Faith, and Community Life Statement.

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