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Equal Employment Opportunities

Galveston Bay Cruising Association (GBCA) strives for equal employment opportunities for all employees and is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment free of discrimination for members and third parties.

Preventing discrimination begins with respect and adherence to the law. Therefore discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or family status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies, is strictly prohibited.

Verbal, physical, sexual or any other form of harassment that belittles or demeans any individual on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or family status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws is also strictly prohibited. Prohibited harassment includes conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a member’s or third party’s performance or experience or creating an environment that is hostile, intimidating or offensive. 

Sexual advances; physical conduct of a sexual nature; sexual or racial jokes; racial, ethnic, nation origin, or disability slurs; and other harassing language or conduct that is meant to intimidate or that negatively impacts a member’s or third party’s environment is considered harassment and is strictly prohibited.

To promote equality, GBCA will administer and conduct all practices and procedures including employment, compensation, benefits, evaluation, promotion, demotion, assignments, transfer, recruitment, layoff, training, education, recreational and social activities, and safety and health programs, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or family status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

This policy applies to every person in the organization and at club-sponsored activities no matter his or her authority or position. Violators of this policy are subject to investigation and discipline including, but not limited to termination of membership.  

When Discrimination is Experienced or Suspected

If you are discriminated against, you are required to report it immediately to a member of the Board of Governors. If you know of or suspect discrimination to another person, including harassment, report it to a member of the Board of Governors. Members and third parties are protected for filing a complaint of discrimination or assisting in an investigation of discrimination.

If these avenues of reporting are not satisfactory to you, then you can direct your questions, suggestions, problems, or complaints to the Commodore.

If warranted GBCA will investigate credible allegations of discrimination, including harassment. GBCA may use third parties to assist in such investigations. All members and third parties have a responsibility to cooperate fully in any investigation. Finally, any member or third party who makes a knowingly false claim of discrimination will be subject to discipline.
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