SMCAA Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal Civil Rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior credible activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

​Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

SMCAA Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

PURPOSE. In order to ensure the achievement of non-discriminatory acts and to promote action of its programs, SMCAA adopts and sanctions the following policies and practices to prohibit discrimination to anyone employed or seeking employment, or anyone who is a program participant or seeking any and all services and/or benefits administered by SMCAA.

 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the first federal law designed to protect most U.S. employees from employment discrimination based upon that employee's (or applicant's) race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (Public Law 88-352, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 253, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000e et. seq.) The Title also established the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to assist in the protection of U.S. employees from discrimination.

 

POLICY. SMCAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and will strive to achieve equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals, without regard to race, sex, age, creed, mental or physical handicap, national origin, or political beliefs; in accordance with agency equal opportunity policies.

 

SMCAA hereby assures that in the administration of all programs and services under its auspices, it will comply with the following Statutes related to non-discrimination, including, but not limited to:

  1. Title VI I of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.

  2. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1681-1683, and 1685-1686) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

  3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as passed in 1991.

  4. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6101-6107), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age.

  5. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.), as amended, relating to non-discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing.

  6. Section 5121, Drug-Free Workplace Requirements for Federal Contractors, Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Also see the Drug-Free Workplace Policy in this manual.

  7. Family & Medical Leave Act as passed in 1993 and as applicable to employees of SMCAA.              

  8. Any other non-discrimination provisions in the specific statute(s) under which application for federal assistance is being made, either Federal or SMCAA State statute(s), which may apply to this application.

SMCAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

PURPOSE. SMCAA is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

 

POLICY. SMCAA diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.

  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.

  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.

  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.

 

PROCEDURE. All employees of SMCAA have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored and participative events. All employees are also required to attend and complete annual diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge to fulfill this responsibility.

 

Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or an HR representative.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.