NPD is subject to certain nondiscrimination and affirmative action recordkeeping and reporting requirements which require it to invite employees to voluntarily self-identify their gender, race/ethnicity, and veteran status. Submission of this information is voluntary, and refusal to provide any or all of this information will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The information obtained will be kept confidential and may only be used in accordance with the provisions of applicable federal laws, executive orders, and regulations, including those which require the information to be summarized and reported to the Federal Government for civil rights enforcement purposes. This information will be kept separate from your employment application.
All race/ethnicity information will be collected and reported in the seven categories identified below. The definitions for each category have been established by the federal government:
- Hispanic or Latino – A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
- White (Not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
- Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
- Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- American Indian or Alaska Native (Not Hispanic or Latino) – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
- Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latino) – All persons who identify with more than one of the above five races.
Veteran status is tracked to determine whether you are within one of four classifications. If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, you may so indicate by selecting “Protected Veteran” above.
- A “disabled veteran,” meaning a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability;
- A “recently separated veteran,” meaning any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service;
- An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran,” meaning a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense; and
- An “Armed forces service medal veteran,” meaning a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.