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EEO and Non-Discrimination

 

Promoting Diversity

Bentley believes that workforce diversity is essential to the University’s growth and long-term success.  Diversity refers to the wide array of human differences, including racial and ethnic identity, culture, socio-economic background, experience, and perspective, that exist in the workforce and in the wider community. Bentley believes that promoting diversity plays an essential role in its educational mission by fostering greater innovation and creativity, attracting the widest pool of qualified applicants to its work force, and enhancing its communication and relationships with the community.

Bentley is committed to enhancing its diversity and demonstrating that commitment to the faculty, staff, students, and community. Bentley University promotes diversity by developing policies, programs, and procedures that foster a work environment in which differences are respected and valued. Valuing diversity is one of Bentley University's core values and greatest strengths.

Non-Discrimination

Bentley University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in compliance with all applicable laws.  Bentley does not discriminate and strictly prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants and any other covered persons because of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, age, citizenship status, disability, genetics, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. All Bentley employees and representatives are prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. This policy applies to all employment practices and all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, performance reviews, training, development, promotion, demotions, transfer, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, layoff and recall, social and recreational programs, termination, and/or retirement.

Remedies

Employees who believe that they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report and resolve such complaints internally.  Informal resolutions can be sought by discussing the issue with employees’ supervisors, divisional vice president, Human Resources, or the University Ombudsman.  Employees can also file a formal internal grievance by following the procedure set forth in the How to Report Sexual Harassment or Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, or Bullying policy. While employees are encouraged to report and resolve discrimination complaints internally, employees may file a formal complaint with either or both of the government agencies listed below within their mandated timeframes.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
617 994-6000
TTY: 617 994-6196

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Area Office
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
1-800 669-4000
TTY: 1-800 669-6820

Discipline

All employees, including supervisors and managers, who engage in discriminatory conduct are subject to immediate disciplinary action, including possible termination of employment.

Protection from Retaliation

No adverse actions will be taken against employees or applicants in retaliation for complaining about discrimination, filing internal or external discrimination complaints, opposing discriminatory practices, or participating in the investigation of such complaints.

Duty of Good Faith

Bentley University prohibits any member of the Bentley community from knowingly or recklessly bringing a false complaint of discrimination against another member of the Bentley community. Any such action may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

 

 Date last revised:  April 15, 2015