For the past few months, we’ve been working on broadening our anti-harassment and equal employment policy. We’re very pleased to announce that our policies now include sexual orientation and gender identity as of March 24, 2016.
This portion of our anti-harassment policy now reads:
Caktus will not tolerate any harassment of employees based on a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, body, genetic information, marital status, political belief or activity, status as a veteran, or any other classification protected by law.
Our equal employment opportunity policy is:
It is a violation of Caktus policy to discriminate in the provision of employment opportunities, benefits or privileges; to create discriminatory work conditions; or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, body, genetic information, marital status, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. This policy applies to all areas of employment at Caktus. Discrimination in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including termination.
Fairness has always been an intrinsic part of our values, but greater inclusivity goes beyond fairness. We want each person at Caktus to feel welcomed. Our team should feel free to be themselves without fear. Openness is how innovation happens and, locally, helped drive Durham’s growth.
We’re deeply saddened at our state’s decision to pass HB2, but the resulting wave of public protests and the coming court challenges show that our past is not our future. We’re proud to be in excellent company with the many who believe that having an inclusive anti-harassment policy is simply the right thing to do.