403.00 – Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure

Employees of the District and applicants for employment with the District have the right to file a formal complaint alleging non-compliance with federal and state regulations requiring non-discrimination in employment. 

Level One-Counselor and Nurse as Alternate

Individuals with a grievance of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, national origin, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age may first discuss it with their Counselor principal/designee or immediate supervisor, with the goal of resolving the matter informally. An applicant for employment with a complaint of discrimination on the basis of age, color, religion, sex, race, disability, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, national origin, and creed, may discuss it with the instructor, counselor, supervisor, department chairperson, building administrator, or personnel contact person involved. 

Level Two-Building Principal 

If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, he or she may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing. 

The complaint shall state the date filed, the name of the complainant, home address, home and work phone number, the nature of the grievance, the date the alleged violation occurred, the remedy requested, and the signature of the complainant. The filing of the formal, written complaint at level two must be within fifteen (15) working days from the date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the affirmative action coordinator, 

The affirmative action coordinator shall investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it. A written report from the affirmative action coordinator regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the complaint. 

Level Three-Superintendent

 If the complaint is not resolved at level two, the grievant may process the complaint to level three by presenting a written appeal to the superintendent/designee within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the affirmative action coordinator. The grievant may request a meeting with the superintendent/designee. The superintendent/designee has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal. A decision will be rendered by the superintendent/designee within ten (10) working days after receipt of the written appeal. 

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the lowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination. 

Date of Adoption: January 10, 2014

Reviewed & Revised: November 20, 2017; September 17, 2018 

403.00A Background Check on Employees & Volunteers

403.R1 Universal Precautions