Mass Audubon is committed to fostering an environment that is free of discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in the administration of its programs or activities. Mass Audubon does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group for exercising their rights to participate in protected actions and Mass Audubon does not oppose lawful actions protected by federal non-discrimination laws documented in Title 40: Parts 5 and 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Non-discrimination in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency) or relevant state laws or regulations. More information about applicable federal regulations can be found here.
Mass Audubon’s Civil Rights Coordinator, the Senior Director of Human Resources, is responsible for the coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 referenced above, and the collective federal non-discrimination laws. If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a Mass Audubon program or activity, or if you have any questions about this notice or any of Mass Audubon’s non-discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact: Melanie Prusinoski, Senior Director of Human Resources, [email protected].
Reporting Discrimination and/or Retaliation
The Civil Rights Coordinator is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination. If you believe that you have experienced or witnessed any unlawful discrimination while engaging with Mass Audubon, or retaliation in connection with any good-faith report of discrimination, you should immediately report it to [email protected]. Any employees receiving a report or any information about suspected discrimination or retaliation from public participants or visitors are required to promptly report such conduct to the Civil Rights Coordinator.
Upon receipt of a complaint of possible discrimination or retaliation, Mass Audubon will promptly conduct a fair, timely, and thorough investigation in such a way that maintains confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstances. All employees are required to cooperate with internal investigations.
While the process may vary from case to case, an investigation generally includes: a prompt review of the report of discrimination; consideration of whether any interim actions are appropriate; obtaining, reviewing, and preserving relevant documents, emails, or other records; interviewing the parties involved (including any relevant witnesses); creating a confidential written record of the investigation; promptly notifying the individual who reported, and the individual about whom the report was made, of the final determination; and implementation of any corrective actions that are warranted based on the conduct.
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