2.1 The parties individually agree that they will not engage in any act or practice or pursue any policy which is discriminatory against any employee who may be a qualified disabled individual or a disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran or other covered veteran or because of age, sex (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation, marital status, race, national origin, color, creed, or religion. Unlawful harassment is included as a form of prohibited discrimination.
2.2 Pursuant to State and Federal law and University policy, the University and the Union are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities.
2.3 Sexual Harassment. No employee shall be subjected to discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, currently defined in the University of Washington Handbook Volume 4, Part 1, Chapter 2) as the use of one's authority or power, either explicitly or implicitly, to coerce another into unwanted sexual relations or to punish another for his or her refusal, or as the creation by a member of the University community of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment, through verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
2.4 Employees who feel they have been the subject of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation are encouraged to discuss such issues with their supervisor, administrator, or Human Resource Consultant for local resolution. The goal of local resolution is to address and resolve problems as quickly as possible and to stop any inappropriate behavior for which a University employee is responsible.
A formal complaint may be filed with the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO). Employees may also file discrimination, harassment or retaliation complaints with appropriate federal or state agencies or through the grievance process in accordance with Article 24 of this Agreement. In cases where an employee files both a grievance and an internal/external complaint regarding the alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation the grievance will be suspended until the internal/external complaint process has been completed.
2.5 The parties also agree that they will not engage in any act or practice or pursue any policy which is discriminatory against any employee based on political affiliation, political belief or because of the participation or lack of participation in union activities.