Sample Nondiscrimination Policy

This policy states [Organization Name]’s position on discrimination. This policy applies to all [Organization Name] employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.

[Organization Name] follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.

IMPORTANT: The following statements are NOT acceptable nondiscrimination policies

  • We do not “unlawfully” discriminate with regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc.
  • In accordance with federal, state and local laws, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc.

These statements are not acceptable because both reference laws that do not presently exist on a federal level. Since there are no federal laws that provide equal employment protections for gay men and lesbians, these statements void the equal opportunity employment clause. Keep nondiscrimination statements broad by not listing specific numbered state or federal ordinances or laws as these may change. Also, make sure the policy will be enforceable on a national level, even if you are currently only a local or statewide organization with limited scope.