DMD Anti-Discrimination Policy

The Downtown Management District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national   origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability internally or in the delivery of DMD programs or activities. Our anti-discrimination policy explains how we prevent discrimination and protect our employees, customers and stakeholders from offensive and harmful behaviors. We explicitly prohibit offensive behavior.

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, visitors, customers and stakeholders. Our anti-discrimination, violence-free workplace, and workplace harassment policies go hand-in-hand. We will not tolerate any kind of discrimination that creates a hostile and unpleasant environment for employees, interns or volunteers.  Employees in violation of these policies will face disciplinary actions.

We recognize that sometimes discrimination is unintentional, as we may all have unconscious biases that could be difficult to identify and overcome. In case we conclude that an employee unconsciously discriminates, we will support them through training and counseling and implement processes that mitigate biases. But, if this person shows unwillingness to change their behavior, they will face disciplinary action.

If you are the victim of discriminatory behavior (or if you suspect that others are being discriminated against,) you should report the matter to the Executive Director (ED) as soon as possible. The ED is designated as the DMD’s Civil Rights Coordinator, responsible for hearing your claim, investigating the issue and determining disciplinary action.  Punishment for discriminatory behavior depends on the severity of the offence.

Any reported incident will be investigated immediately and thoroughly.  Complaints and actions taken to resolve complaints will be handled as confidentially as possible, given the DMD’s obligation to investigate and act upon reports of such discrimination.  Appropriate actions will be taken by DMD to stop and remedy any and all such conduct, including interim measures during a period of investigation.

Retaliation of any kind against an employee who reports a suspected incident of discrimination or who cooperates in an investigation is prohibited.  An employee who violates this policy or retaliates against an employee in any way will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination.

The DMD complies with all anti-discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).