Sexual orientation discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined as “an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.” It is generally discussed in terms of identifying as a heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; although sexual orientation ranges along a continuum.
Examples of inappropriate conduct based on sexual orientation include, but are not limited to, refusal to hire a qualified individual on the basis of his or her sexual orientation and making disparaging remarks about a person’s sexual orientation.
ECU policy prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation under the Sexual Orientation Policy, the Equal Employment and Affirmative Action plan, and ECU’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.