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AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action


The Cape Elizabeth School Board is committed to maintaining a workplace and learning environment that is free from illegal discrimination and harassment.

In accordance with applicable Federal and/or State laws and regulations, Cape Elizabeth School Department prohibits discrimination against and harassment of employees, candidates for employment, students and others with rights to admission or access to school programs, activities or premises on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. For the purpose of this policy, “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression, and “gender identity” means gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.

Further, in compliance with Federal law, Cape Elizabeth School Department prohibits discrimination against school unit employees and candidates for employment on the basis of age, pregnancy, or genetic information.

The Board delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility for implementing this policy. The Cape Elizabeth School Department Affirmative Action Plan will include designation of an Affirmative Action Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all Federal and State requirements related to nondiscrimination. The Affirmative Action Officer will be appointed by the Superintendent and will be a person with direct access to the Superintendent.

The Superintendent/Affirmative Action Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that notice of compliance with Federal and State civil rights laws is provided to all applicants for employment, employees, students, parents and others, as appropriate.

The School Department will require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school unit to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws pertaining to contract compliance.

Equal Employment Opportunities Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261) amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq.) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.) Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. § 206) Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.)
Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.) Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) (42 U.S.C. § 2000ff et seq.) 5 MRSA § 4551, et seq. (Maine Human Rights Act); 19301-19302

Cross Reference:

Cape Elizabeth School Department Affirmative Action Plan ACAA - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students ACAB - Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees JICK - Bullying


  • August 20, 1996 Revised:
  • September 14, 1999
  • May 13, 2003
  • October 12, 2004
  • August 28, 2012
  • November 12, 2019