ADA Policy Statement & Non-Discrimination Policy
The Town of Southbridge does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, as defined by law, or on the basis of age, as defined by law, disability, gender, identity or expression, as defined by law, genetic information, veteran's status, military service or application for military service, or pregnancy (collectively, "Protected Classes") 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, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.
The Town of Southbridge is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, as defined by law, or on the basis of age, as defined by law, disability, gender identity or expression as defined by law, genetic information, veteran's status, military service or application for military service, or pregnancy (collectively, "Protected Classes").
Accordingly, the Town of Southbridge will:
- Take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with applicants, participants, and members of the public with disabilities are as effective as communications with others.
- Make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless a fundamental alteration in a local government program would result.
- Operate its programs so that, when viewed in their entirety, they are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
The Town of Southbridge will not:
- Refuse to allow a person with a disability to participate in a local government service, program, or activity simply because the person has a disability.
- Require that participation in programs or services and benefits to individuals with disabilities be separate or different from those who are not disabled.
- Subject individuals with disabilities to discrimination in employment under any local government service, program, or activity.
Other information on the federal regulations regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act can be obtained from:
Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20035-6118
Phone with TDD (Telecommunications device for the deaf): 202-514-0381