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4.3 Nondiscrimination Policy

Policy:

The American Board of Optometry (“ABO”) is a 501 (c) (6) Missouri nonprofit organization, an equal opportunity employer dedicated to providing an environment free from discrimination due to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.  This policy ensures that equal employment and opportunity is provided to all individuals without regard to the above qualities.  The ABO will not discriminate with respect to all aspects of the employment relationship, including, hiring, terms and conditions of employment and the termination of employment.

Any optometrist who applies for Board Certification and completes the requirements can earn the credential of Diplomate, regardless of his or her race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and marital status, veteran status and any other status protected by law. All Diplomates are given equal opportunity to maintain their certification.

In addition, the ABO strives to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and volunteers with disabilities and abides by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act as well as applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination.

The ABO strictly prohibits any form of unlawful harassment based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and marital status, veteran status, and any other status protected by law.  The ABO is also committed to providing an environment free from sexual or other prohibited harassment and other intimidating or hostile acts.

Procedure:

  1. All suspected acts of discrimination are thoroughly investigated by the ABO Board.  Disciplinary action is taken against ABO staff and volunteers who do not abide by this nondiscrimination policy.
  2. If discriminatory actions are suspected within the ABO, please contact the Executive Director at info@abopt.org or 314-983-4244. If the complaint relates to the Executive Director, contact the Chair of the Board. All Directors, officers and management employees are required to report any violation of this policy to the Board.

The ABO will not discriminate or retaliate against any person who complains of a violation of this policy or who participates in the investigation of a violation of this policy.  Any complaint of retaliation may be reported according to and will be handled in accordance with Section 8.4 of the Policy Manual.