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Equal Employment Opportunity

Affirmative Action Policy Statement

COTA provides equal employment opportunity to all employees regardless of race, color, religion, national
origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability,
military or veteran status, or any other protected class, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists
for a specified position. This policy affects all employment and personnel practices, including but not limited to
recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other
forms of compensation.

Under COTA’s EEO Program, discrimination in any terms, conditions, and/or privileges of employment is
forbidden. All employees and applicants have the right to file complaints alleging discrimination. Retaliation,
intimidation, coercion, discrimination, or harassment in any manner against an individual who files a charge or
complaint of discrimination, participates in an employment discrimination proceeding, or otherwise engages in
protected activity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

COTA desires not to merely refrain from employment discrimination as required by the various federal and state
laws, but to take positive affirmative action including goals and timetables to realize a full equal employment
opportunity for the above protected groups. Accordingly, COTA is committed to develop a written
nondiscrimination program that sets forth the policies, practices, and procedures to which it is committed. As
such, any employee or applicant for employment shall be permitted to inspect the EEO Program upon request.
Furthermore, COTA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who
need them due to a disability or to practice or observe their religion, absent undue hardship.

As the President and Chief Executive Officer, I endorse and maintain overall responsibility and accountability for
COTA’s compliance with its EEO Policy and Program. All COTA executives, management, and supervisory
personnel, however, share in the responsibility for implementing and monitoring this EEO Policy and Program
within their respective areas and will be assigned specific tasks to ensure compliance is achieved. COTA will
evaluate its managers’ and supervisors’ performance on their successful implementation of COTA’s policies and
procedures, in the same way COTA assesses their performance regarding other agency goals. I have appointed
Sinthea Mondesir as COTA’s EEO Officer to handle the day-to-day management of the EEO Program, including
program preparation, monitoring, and compliance. Additionally, I have appointed Stephanie Pulliam as COTA’s
EEO Investigatory Officer to effectively handle any EEO related investigations. Both EEO Officers report
directly to me and act with my authority with all levels of management, labor unions, and employees. Any
individual who has questions regarding program preparation, monitoring, and compliance should contact Ms.
Mondesir at (614) 308-4394. Any employee or applicant who believes they have received discriminatory
treatment should contact Ms. Pulliam at eeo@cota.com within thirty (30) days.

I am personally committed to a workplace that acts upon its daily responsibility to treat all applicants and
employees with dignity and respect and believe the successful achievement of EEO goals will provide benefits to
COTA through fuller utilization and development of previously under-utilized human resources.

Joanna Pinkerton, President/CEO
02/27/2019

Signed Statement (PDF)