Diversity - Discrimination - Title VI
Diversity is a hot topic in today's very diverse and politically correct world. America is even more a melting pot than it was in the days of Ellis Island.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Other legislation also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, age, or disability.
What determines if someone is discriminated against? It is dependent on how the person interprets a comment or action. And it may not be the person the comment was directed toward. A bystander can interpret our words and actions as discriminatory just as easily as the person those words and/or actions are directed toward.
The very best plan is the Golden Rule:
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Watch your words and actions - think about them from the other person's perspective before you say them or do them. If something you say or do might be misconstrued, don't say it; don't do it. You may just be teasin' or calling someone by the name you call all your grandkids and neighbors, but a stranger may perceive that as derogatory or discriminating. People of other ethnic origins or backgrounds find different things offensive, and there are so many diverse peoples and cultures that it's best to be safe.
Stop, Think, Treat everyone with respect and graciousness.
We are required to display the "And Justice For All" poster in every campground. Area Managers, your Forest Service representative should be able to provide copies for your facilities. If you are ever approached by someone who feels like they have been discriminated against, treat it as you would any other customer complaint: write a detailed incident report. Next, you can refer them to the instructions on the poster regarding how to file a claim.
From time to time, Forest Service personnel visit and conduct interviews to find out how much AL&L employees know about Title VI. They also want to know if we know what to do and how to direct someone if the guest feels they have been discriminated against. They could very well visit you - so let's be informed!
(shared from the May 2015 Employee Newsletter)