Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Mass Excavation’s policy is to select, place, train, and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors, such as work quality, attitude, and experience, so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all our employees in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws.
Mass Excavation prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenting, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law in any term, condition, or privilege of employment including hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, discipline, or discharge.
Further, Mass Excavation shall undertake affirmative action to remedy under-utilization of minorities and women at all levels of the work force by taking affirmative actions necessary to achieve a representative work force. Such actions include specifically targeting recruiting efforts for under-represented classifications through written and verbal advertisements.
Mass Excavation will also give notice to supervisors, unions, and other employees of the affirmative actions to be undertaken and ensure that all supervisors and employees are aware of their obligation to maintain a working atmosphere free from discriminatory conduct or attitudes. It is each employee’s responsibility, including supervisors and managers, to act in accordance with this policy.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Under the ADA , discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities is prohibited in all employment practices, including job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
Mass Excavation will comply fully with all provisions of the ADA , which include providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals. Any employee believing they are in need of reasonable accommodation should immediately inform their supervisor.
Unlawful Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Mass Excavation is committed to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment. It is the responsibility of every employee to promote a climate within the work environment that will not tolerate such conduct. Unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment is strictly forbidden. Prohibited discrimination and sexual harassment includes slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, teasing, and/or other similar verbal or physical contact relating to a person’s race, color, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demands for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It can include:
- Sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions
- Verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature
- Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual
- A display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures
- Sexually explicit jokes
- Accessing any kind of sexually explicit image or document on any company system
If any employee feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, he or she should immediately invoke the problem-resolution procedure described in this handbook. No employee will be retaliated against or receive adverse treatment for reporting harassment or for participating in an investigation. All allegations and reports will be treated seriously and investigated promptly.
Any person employed at Mass Excavation, Inc. who is investigated and found to have engaged in harassment of any kind will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including immediate dismissal from employment.
Drug and Alcohol Use
Mass Excavation, Inc. seeks to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. To promote this goal, employees are required to report to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their jobs in a satisfactory manner.
While on Mass Excavations’ premises and while conducting business related activities at other sites, no employee may use, possess, distribute, sell, or be under the influence of alcohol or engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment and/or required participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment program. Such violations may also have legal consequences.
Any prospective employee or current employee of Mass Excavation, Inc. is subject to the drug and alcohol policies and procedures described in extensive detail in an attachment to the Employee Handbook. Circumstances under which substance testing may be conducted include pre-hire, random, post-accident/incident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing.
Social events sanctioned by Mass Excavation, Inc. may include alcoholic beverages. Their prudent consumption in this type of setting is excepted from the above policy.
Employees with questions on this policy or issues related to drug or alcohol use in the workplace should raise concerns with their supervisor, other management employee or the Drug Program Administrator without fear of reprisal.