It is the policy of Albany Law School to provide equal educational and
employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to sex, race,
color, national or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, handicap or disability,
sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital or parental status,
military or veteran status, political affiliation or age. Equal educational
opportunity includes, but is not limited to: admissions, recruitment,
extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course
offerings, financial aid and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes,
but is not limited to: recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, promotion,
demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, compensation, training, benefits and
all other terms and conditions of employment.
This policy is derived from the laws summarized in Appendix A. Albany Law
School shall comply with the letter and the intent of all federal and state laws
and executive orders.
Albany Law School is committed to its support of the principles of equal
opportunity for students, faculty and staff and endeavors to enhance diversity
within the Law School community. Faculty, staff and students are charged with
conducting themselves in conformity with these principles and in accordance with
Student inquiries regarding the Law School's equal opportunity policy should
be directed to the Director of Diversity (518-445-3284). Employee inquiries
regarding the Law School's equal opportunity policy should be directed to the
Director of Human Resources (518-445-2396).
The following federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in any
conditions of employment including recruitment, hiring, layoff, discharge, and
recall; opportunities for promotion; participation in training programs; wages
and salaries; paid time off and pay; overtime work and pay; medical, life and
accident insurance; and optional and compulsory retirement. Federal law also
prohibits discrimination against participants in federally assisted higher
education institutions, including Albany Law School, in educational,
extracurricular and athletic programs offered by the institution.
The EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963. The first sex discrimination legislation enacted,
requires equal pay for equal work regardless of sex. Title IX of the Education
Amendments Act of 1972 extends the coverage to executive, administrative, and
professional employees, including all faculty, and to outside sales people.
TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 forbids discrimination against
students on the basis of race, color, or national origin in all federally
assisted programs. Employment is not generally covered except when employment is
the purpose of the assistance.
TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 as amended by the EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1972 forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, or sex in any term, condition, or privilege of
employment by unions and by employers. The law was amended on March 24, 1972 to
cover all public and private educational institutions, as well as state and
local governments. It applies to all employers, public or private, whether or
not they receive any federal funds. Title VII covers all private employers of
fifteen or more persons.
AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1975 as amended in 1978 prohibits
discrimination in employment against individuals from age 40 to age 70.
SECTION 402 OF THE VIETNAM ERA VETERANS READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1972 provides
that disabled and other veterans of the military service should have every
opportunity for employment and promotion commensurate with their abilities and
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 provides that handicapped
people should have every opportunity for employment and promotion commensurate
with their abilities and qualifications. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 also prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or
activities receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of
Education gives grants of financial assistance to many colleges and
universities, including Albany Law School. Section 504 requires that such
colleges and universities provide covered students with disabilities with
appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are
necessary to afford them an equal opportunity to participate in the school's
programs. Section 504 also prohibits harassment against students and other
participants in covered colleges and universities because of their
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis
of disability, and protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities
from discrimination in all aspects of employment. The law also requires that
covered entities provide qualified applicants or employees with disabilities
with reasonable accommodations that do not pose undue hardship.
The NEW YORK STATE HUMAN RIGHTS LAW forbids discrimination in employment on
the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
military status, sex, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or
marital status of any individual. The New York State Human Rights Law applies to
all employers with four or more employees.