The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) upholds the value of each of its employees and volunteers and makes decisions regarding individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. The Academy attempts to provide work situations for its employees and volunteers at the Academy buildings and off site that are free from discrimination in any of its forms, including overt actions or unintentional slights.
Recognizing important legal, moral and ethical imperatives as well as the broad array of communities from which it draws, the Academy expects all of its employees and volunteers to be treated in a fair and professional manner. The Academy does not discriminate nor does it tolerate discrimination against its employees or volunteers on the basis of:
The Academy will not tolerate discrimination against any employee or volunteer by any employee. The Academy will also not tolerate any known discrimination against any Academy employee or volunteer by non-employees, specifically including orthopaedic surgeon volunteers, spouses of members, independent contractors, vendors, customers, consultants or other individuals who interact with Academy employees.
Any employee or volunteer leader who believes that another employee or non-employees actions or words constitute discrimination at the work site or off-site while on Academy business has a responsibility to report the situation as soon as possible to ones manager or director, the Department of Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel or the Executive Vice President or Deputy Executive Vice President. All allegations of discrimination will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and fairly. All actions will be taken to insure that the situation is handled appropriately and that there will be no reprisals or retaliation against an employee who makes a good faith report of alleged discrimination.