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Types of Discrimination


Virginia Tech policy and employment laws prohibit harassment or discrimination on the basis of age against individuals who are over forty years old.

External resources:

For more information, see the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website and information on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

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US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission webpage on race and color

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Virginia Tech is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment and education and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. 

For information on disability accommodations, please visit:

University ADA Services 
North End Center
300 Turner Street NW
Suite 2300 (0318)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: 540-231-4638
Fax: 540-231-6479


Services for Students with Disabilities
250 S. Main Street, Suite 300 
Mail Code (0185)
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540 231-0858 Voice
540 231-0853 TTY
540 231-0848 FAX

External Resources:

For more information about disability discrimination, see the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission website or:

Department of Justice video, Ten Employment Myths, about employing individuals with disabilities.

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The prohibition against discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender includes sexual harassment as well as treating people unequally on the basis of gender, except in those rare situations where gender is a bone fide occupational qualification.

This prohibition extends in the workplace to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Virginia Tech provides support to parents through a number of programs, including

Virginia Tech's Title IX coordinator, who oversees issues of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is:

Pamela White
Director for Compliance and Conflict Resolution
Title IX Coordinator
Telephone: 540-231-8771

External resources:

More information on sex or gender discrimination involving employees may be found at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's webpage on this topic.

Information on sex discrimination involving students, including sexual harassment, may be found at: US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights webpages

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Genetic Information

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a person's genetic information. Under this law, employers are prohibited from basing employment decisions on factors such as the risk that a person may develop certain diseases that may run in his or her family. Employers also may not ask a person about his or her family medical history. More information on this topic may be viewed at: EEOC information about genetic information discrimination.

National Origin

Policy and law protect against discrimination against a person on the basis of his or her national origin, or that of his or her family. Issues of foreign accents or language fluency should be addressed only if necessary for effective performance of a position or an educational requirement. More information about discrimination on the basis of national origin may be viewed at:

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Political Affilitaion

The Commonwealth of Virginia prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of political affiliation, for example, what political party an individual might belong to. For more information, see:


Virginia Tech does not discriminate on the basis of religion, nor does it promote particular religions or any religious views.

Virginia Tech does attempt to accommodate sincerely held religious beliefs or practices, as long as it would not be an undue hardship to do so.

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Virginia Tech's Policy 1025 and the law prohibit retaliation against anyone for complaining about harassment or discrimination or for participating in a proceeding addressing a charge of harassment or discrimination. 

External resources:
For more information, see: 

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Sexual Orientation

Virginia Tech does not permit harassment or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment or in its academic programs.

Resources available to student, staff and faculty members of the Virginia Tech lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community include the LGBTQ Coordinator, the undergraduate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance, the Queer Grads and Allies, and the faculty/staff LGBT Caucus .

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Veteran Status

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against nor allow harassment of individuals on the basis of their veteran status. Information for veterans who are at Virginia Tech or are interested in applying for employment or admission as a student is available at: Veterans at Virginia Tech

As a federal contractor and under the laws of Virginia, Virginia Tech has affirmative obligations under federal law regarding the hiring of certain veterans. For more information, see:  Federal Contracts-Equal Opportunity in Employment: Employment Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity for Covered Veterans the  US Department of Labor webpage on veterans and information on the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act 

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"Harassment" or "discrimination" concerns not covered here

It should be noted that there are times when an individual may feel harassed, discriminated against, or that he or she is being subjected to a hostile environment, or treated unfairly or differently from other people, but there is no relationship between the behavior complained of and a protected characteristic such as age, color, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. Policy 1025 does not cover such situations, but a person may wish to contact Employee Relations, the Dean of Students Office, or the Office of the Provost for assistance.

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