Policy Against Acts of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

21.0 General32003-08-032016-03-192016-03-192019-03-01

ACUI is committed to providing an inclusive and safe environment for all members, volunteers, staff, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. The Association is committed to providing protections and necessary means for investigating claims of improper activities, which may include misconduct, discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or retaliation.

ACUI shall not discriminate in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, work assignments, advancement, and provision of services. 


ACUI strictly prohibits acts of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by or against any volunteer, employee, or other member of the Association community. The person who commits such acts will be subject to disciplinary action under these guidelines and, possibly, other Association policies and procedures.

It also is considered a violation of this policy if a claimant knowingly or recklessly makes a false complaint of misconduct, discrimination, harassment, or related reprisal or provides false information during the course of an investigation.

Discrimination is unjust or inequitable treatment based on an individual’s race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, family medical condition or genetic information, political affiliation, or any other illegal discrimination.

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual. Unlawful harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is unwelcome, unreasonable, and interferes with an individual’s work performance due to the creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment means conduct of a gender-related or sexual nature that is known or might reasonably be known to be unwelcome/unwanted, offensive, intimidating, hostile, or inappropriate. Depending on its severity, one action may constitute sexual harassment.

Retaliation is reprisal or intimidation because an individual complains of or participates in an investigation of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Procedures1
Updated Sept. 1, 2016