Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
WDVA Policy Statement
It is the policy of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement to all persons and to provide an environment in which employees are free to work and learn, individually and collectively, and with personal and professional dignity. The WDVA recognizes that equal employment opportunity is a legal, social, and economic necessity.
Prohibitions of Discrimination and Harassment
It is the WDVA’s policy to forbid its customers and employees to discriminate against or harass any person because of his or her sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation or beliefs, arrest or conviction record, or membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Retaliation against an employee who files a discrimination complaint is a form of discrimination and as such is prohibited.
WDVA will maintain a work environment which both supports and nurtures employees so they can be productive and effective in their jobs. This means that WDVA will take all necessary steps to ensure that the workplace is free of discriminating and harassing behavior.
Affirmative Action for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities will be required for employment practices related to classified, unclassified, limited term, and project positions in order to overcome the present effects of past discrimination, and achieve equal opportunity. Affirmative Action efforts in the hiring process will include targeted recruitment, expanded certification, and participation in appropriate affirmative action programs and activities.
We will take affirmative action (AA) efforts on behalf of women, selected racial-ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities to ensure equal opportunity and to overcome the present effects of past discrimination. This will also more fully utilize their talents and abilities in the work force.
Accommodating Disabilities and Religious Practices
The WDVA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities to ensure equal access to employment and all benefits associated with employment. In response to an employee’s request, reasonable accommodations are provided for religious practice.