Pride Ventures, Inc.
Pride Ventures, Inc.~ Pride Paws has been formed to provide training and
transitional workplace experience to individuals with developmental disabilities.
It is our goal that with this additional experience our participants will be
equipped to secure employment in the mainstream environment.
Individuals eligible to participate in our program must be between
eighteen and twenty-nine years of age.
Pride Ventures, Inc. does not place age restrictions on volunteers. However,
each volunteer must be capable of providing assistance to our participants
when needed. At no time will an individual under the age of twenty-one be the
sole volunteer at our facility.
Each participant and volunteer is important to us. The success of our
organization's mission is dependent upon your attendance when you are
scheduled to work or volunteer. Every effort will be taken to arrange your
schedule in a manner that is most convenient for you and your parent/guardian.
Contact us as soon as possible before the start of your shift if you expect to
be late or absent.
Your safety and health is of major importance. An essential part of your participation is to protect the safety of yourself, fellow workers and the public. Please report any potential safety problem or incident to us immediately. Your training period with us will include safety specific to our facility.
Your appearance should be appropriate for your job. The way you look to your
fellow participants/volunteers and the public is as important as the way you act.
The way you communicate with and act toward your fellow participants/volunteers
and the public is very important. You should be courteous at all times whether
answering the telephone or greeting the public in the store.
It is your responsibility or the responsibility of your parent/guardian to
provide transportation to and from our location for your scheduled shift.
Despite the best intentions, misunderstandings or disagreements sometimes occur.
All issues or complaints should be made immediately to a member of the board of trustees.
Every effort will be made to rectify the matter in a way that is equitable to those involved.
Pride Ventures, Inc. will provide training to all individuals.
This training will allow you to function in the work place in all aspects of the
operation that are appropriate. You will be given explicit training in Pre-Job
Skills, On the Job Skills, Work Place Ready Skills, and Community Skills as well
as training specific to the function of our store. Demonstrating these skills
is essential for participation with Pride Ventures, Inc. or any other professional
entity in the community. If these skills need to be refined we will provide you
with additional training. The complete training manual will be provided separately.
The training program will consist of two hundred hours of classroom education and
on the job training The length of the training period, criteria, materials and
method may be modified at the discretion of the board of trustees.
It is anticipated that a number of our participants will be enrolled in the
local high school district. While a participant is in a high school program
wages will not be provided. The number of hours a participant accumulates with
Pride Ventures, Inc., while in the Community Based Training program offered at
the high schools, will be applied to the two hundred hour training program
required by Pride Ventures, Inc. Upon successful completion of the training
period you will qualify to be paid an hourly rate equal to the New Jersey minimum wage.
You will be expected to put forth your best effort for the period of time you are
scheduled in order to get paid. Upon your request accommodations will be made,
if possible, to allow for the uninterruption of other sources of income such as Social Security.
Pride Ventures, Inc. does not make provisions for you to receive paid leave
time such as vacation time or sick time. We do, however, understand that
individuals become ill or take vacations. If you expect to be unavailable for
an extended period of time you must notify us so that we may adjust the schedule.
Pride Ventures, Inc. adheres to all of the provisions of the State Family Leave Act
and the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Pride Ventures, Inc. does not provide for health insurance.
Pride Ventures, Inc. aims to create conditions where all individuals are treated
with respect and are not subjected to unfair discrimination in the workplace.
All participants, volunteers and managers will receive fair and equal treatment.
Pride Ventures, Inc. does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of race,
creed, color, national origin, nationality, age, sex, marital status, civil union status,
domestic partnership status, family status, religion, sexual orientation,
gender identity, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information,
liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or disability.
American Disabilities Act
It is the policy of Pride Ventures, Inc. to provide reasonable accommodation
based on the provisions of the New Jersey Law against Discrimination and the
American Disabilities Act.
Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace
Pride Ventures, Inc. is committed to providing every participant and volunteer with a work environment free from prohibited discrimination or harassment. Under this policy, forms of discrimination or harassment based upon the following protected categories are prohibited and will not be tolerated: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, age, sex, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, family status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or disability.
To achieve the goal of maintaining an environment free from discrimination and harassment, Pride Ventures, Inc. strictly prohibits the conduct that is described in this policy. This is a zero tolerance policy. This means that Pride Ventures, Inc. reserves the right to take either disciplinary action or other corrective measures to address any unacceptable conduct that violates this policy.
Pride Ventures, Inc. will not tolerate harassment or discrimination by anyone participating in our program. This policy applies to all participants, volunteers and management associated with Pride Ventures, Inc. This policy applies to both conducts in our facility and conduct that occurs at any location which can be reasonably regarded as an extension of our facility (any off-site location where Pride Ventures, Inc. business is being conducted).
This policy also applies to third party harassment. Third party harassment is unwelcome behavior involving any of the protected categories referred to above that is not directed at an individual but exists in the environment and interferes with an individual's ability to effectively participate in our program. Third party harassment based upon any one of the protected categories is prohibited by this policy.
It is a violation of this policy to engage in any practice or procedure that treats an individual less favorably based upon any of the protected categories referred to above.
It is also a violation of this policy to use derogatory or demeaning references regarding a person's race, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic background or any other protected category. A violation of this policy can occur even if there was no intent on the part of an individual to harass or demean another.
Examples of prohibited behaviors that may constitute a violation of this policy include:
Discriminating against an individual with regard to terms and conditions of participation because of being in one of the protected categories;
Treating an individual differently because they are in one of the protected categories;
Calling an individual by an unwanted nickname that refers to one or more of the protected categories or telling jokes pertaining to one of the protected categories;
Engaging in threatening, intimidating or hostile acts toward another individual in our facility because that individual is in one of the protected categories;
Displaying or distributing material in our facility that contains derogatory or demeaning language or images pertaining to any of the protected categories.
It is a violation of this policy to engage in sexual or gender based harassment of any kind, including hostile environment harassment or same sex harassment. For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Examples of prohibited behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment and are a violation of this policy include:
Generalized gender based remarks and comments;
Unwanted physical contact such as intentional touching, grabbing, pinching, brushing against another's body or impeding or blocking movement;
Verbal, written or electronic sexually suggestive or obscene comments, jokes, propositions, gestures or inappropriate comments about a person's clothing;
Visual contact such as leering or staring at another's body, gesturing, displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
Explicit or implicit suggestions of a sexual nature by a supervisor or manager in return for favorable participation action;
Continuing to engage in certain behaviors of a sexual nature after an objection has been raised.
Any participant, volunteer or manager who believes that he or she has been subjected to any form of prohibited discrimination or harassment or who witnesses others being subjected to such discrimination is encouraged to promptly report the incident directly to a member of the board of trustees.
Any participant, volunteer or manager found to have violated any portion of this policy may be subject to appropriate administrative or disciplinary action which may include written or verbal reprimand, suspension or termination from the program.