Disabled Individuals, Disabled Veterans and Veterans Policy

As a federal government contractor, The Hartz Mountain Corporation is subject to the provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, which require government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities, Disabled Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veterans and Recently Separated Veterans. This policy is established to ensure compliance with these regulations and the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and to further The Hartz Mountain Corporation’s commitment to providing equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all.

It is the policy of The Hartz Mountain Corporation to recruit and select qualified applicants for employment without discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or because the applicant is a Disabled Veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran or Recently Separated Veteran.

The Company’s human resources policies, programs and practices, including those related to recruitment and selection, retention, compensation and salary administration, benefits, transfer, advancement and promotion, training and self-development opportunities, social and recreational programs, and termination, are administered to ensure equal employment opportunity for all, including qualified disabled individuals, Disabled Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veterans and Recently Separated Veterans. The Company takes affirmative action to ensure that these policies are followed in spirit as well as in letter, and to make certain that equal employment opportunities at Hartz are available to all applicants for employment and employees.

Further, Company employees and job applicants will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because they have: (1) filed a complaint; (2) assisted or participated in an investigation, compliance review hearing, or any other activity related to the administration of any federal, state, or local law requiring equal opportunity; (3) opposed any act or practice made unlawful by any federal, state, or local law requiring equal opportunity; or, (4) exercised any other right protected by federal, state, or local law requiring equal opportunity.

Under federal government regulations, and for the purposes of the Company’s Affirmative Action Program, Individual with a Disability, Disabled Veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran and Recently Separated Veteran are defined as follows:

An Individual with a Disability is defined as a person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of his or her major life activities; (ii) has a record of such impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.

A Disabled Veteran (“protected veteran”) is defined as (i) 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 Veteran Affairs or (ii) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability.

An Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran (“protected veteran”) is defined as any 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.

An Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran (“protected veteran”) is defined as 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.

A Recently Separated Veteran (“protected veteran”) is defined as any veteran during the three-year period after the veteran’s discharge or release from active duty. This three-year period begins on the date of the veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service.

Any employee who qualifies as an individual with a disability, a Disabled Veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran or Recently Separated Veteran, and would like to be considered under the Company’s Affirmative Action Program is encouraged to voluntarily self-identify by contacting local Human Resources personnel or the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, at the Hartz Corporate Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. Submission of this information is strictly voluntary, and disclosure or failure to provide it will not subject an employee to discharge, disciplinary action, or any other adverse treatment. Information obtained will be kept in strict confidence and will be released only under the following conditions:

  • supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on the work or duties of individuals with a disability and disabled veterans regarding necessary accommodations;
  • security, first aid and safety personnel may be informed, when and to the extent appropriate, if the condition might require emergency treatment; and,
  • government officials investigating compliance with the Rehabilitation Act, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be informed.

Any questions regarding employment of Individuals with a disability, Disabled Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veterans or Recently Separated Veterans should be directed to management, local Human Resources personnel, or to me at the Corporate Headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey during regular business hours.

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