The Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure is a component of QVCC’s commitment to ensure that employment decisions are free from unlawful discrimination. The procedure affords an informal means to raise concerns and for the College to make adjustments where appropriate. Employees who utilize the grievance procedure will not be subject to retaliation.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer will investigate all grievances. After consultation with the CEO, the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer may attempt to mediate the dispute. The purpose of this mediation is to effect informal resolution of the complaint. The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer does not make conclusions about the merits of a complaint or resolve disputes about the facts of a case. Such conclusions and resolutions rest with the CEO of QVCC. If reaching an amicable understanding is not possible, the employee retains the right to pursue other options.
Complaints may at any time be filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO); the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the United States Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division; and any other agencies, state, federal, or local, that enforce laws concerning discrimination in employment. The
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, telephone 860-541-3400 or 800-477-5737) can provide assistance in filing and determining the legal options that may be available. In general, complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. An exception exists for complaints alleging unlawful reliance on criminal records; Connecticut law requires that the complaint be filed within 30 days.