BIW believes all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities and is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from any and all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. It is therefore, the company’s policy to prohibit discrimination and harassment against any applicant, employee, vendor, contractor, customer, or client on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, citizen status, or any other basis prohibited by law. It is also the company’s policy to prohibit any and all forms of retaliation against any individual who has complained of harassing or discriminatory conduct, or participated in a company or agency investigation into such complaints.
BIW is a federal contractor subject to Executive Order 11246, Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (“Section 4212”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (“Section 503”). As such, BIW is committed to taking steps to implement the employment-related aspects of the company’s equal opportunity policy. Accordingly, it is BIW’s policy to take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment, and otherwise treat equally qualified minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Under this policy, BIW also will provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of the company’s business.
The company’s affirmative action policy also prohibits employees and applicants from being subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in (1) filing a complaint; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance review, hearing, or any other activity related to the administration of Section 503, Section 4212, or any other Federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity for disabled persons or covered veterans; (3) opposing any act or practice made unlawful by Section 503 or Section 4212 and their implementing regulations, or any other Federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity for disabled persons or covered veterans; or (4) exercising any other right protected by Section 503 or Section 4212 or their implementing regulations.
BIW’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies apply whenever and wherever a company employee is performing a function of his or her job, including all BIW locations, client worksites, and company-sponsored or client-sponsored business and social functions. The company’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies require that employment decisions be based only on valid job requirements, and extend to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, and disciplinary actions.
BIW is also committed to ensuring a professional and safe working environment for all people. Workplace harassment of any kind, based on, or because of, an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, transgender status, disability, age, marital status, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, military service or any other reason prohibited by law will not be tolerated. This prohibition applies to all BIW personnel or by clients, customers, visitors, vendors, or other individuals doing business with BIW.
BIW personnel have an obligation to contribute to a harassment and discrimination free workplace. Any employee who suffers or observes harassment or any other violation of this policy is strongly encouraged to notify their direct supervisor, Human Resources, the BIW Compliance Officer at (207) 442-2646 or the General Dynamics Helpline, which can be contacted on an anonymous basis at (800) 443-8442. BIW will promptly and thoroughly investigate the alleged misconduct, and, if a violation of this policy is found, will take immediate and appropriate corrective action.
Every employee is encouraged to come forward without fear of reprisal. BIW’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies prohibit any and all forms of retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, complains that these policies are not being followed, or who otherwise participates in a company or agency investigation into such complaints, even if sufficient evidence is not found to substantiate the complaint. If you believe that you have been subjected to retaliation, your complaint should be directed to one of the individuals identified in this policy. After receiving a complaint involving a violation of the company’s equal opportunity or affirmative action policy, the company will investigate and take corrective action, as appropriate. Complaints and investigations will be kept strictly confidential to the maximum extent possible. No one, regardless of position or length of service, is exempt from these policies.
If you need assistance accessing or understanding this policy statement, or know of an applicant or employee who may need assistance, please contact the Ethics Hotline at (207) 442-4216 or email@example.com.
Discrimination and harassment erodes employee dignity and morale and has a direct negative impact on productivity. Please join us in ensuring that every BIW person works in an environment free of harassment and discrimination and is treated with dignity and respect for individual differences.