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Statement of Purpose:

As a government contractor, Cherokee Nation Businesses is required to invite applicants to self-identify their gender, race and ethnicity. This self-identification is voluntary and your decision to complete it will not in any way affect your employment or result in adverse treatment. This information will be maintained in the company's personnel database used solely for use in required government reporting; it will not be kept in employee personnel files.

  • Hispanic or Latino: Persons of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or region regardless of race.
  • White: Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.
  • Black or African American: Persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
  • Asian: Persons 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.
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: Persons having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America, (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Statement of Purpose:

Cherokee Nation Businesses is a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA), which requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment: (1) disabled veterans; (2) recently separated veterans; (3) active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans; and (4) Armed Forces service medal veterans.

Definitions:
  • Disabled Veteran

    A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: 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.

  • Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran

    An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means 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.

  • Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran

    An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means 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.

  • Recently Separated Veteran

    A "recently separated veteran" means 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.

  • Protected Veteran

    Protected veterans may have additional rights under USERRA - the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. In particular, if you were absent from employment in order to perform service in the uniformed service, you may be entitled to be reemployed by your employer in the position you would have obtained with reasonable certainty if not for the absence due to service. For more information, call the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service(VETS), toll-free, at 1-866-4-USA-DOL.

  • If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed above, please indicate by checking the appropriate box below. As a Government contractor, {companyName} requests this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts it undertakes pursuant to VEVRAA. Submission of this information is voluntary, and refusal to provide it will not subject you to any adverse treatment. The information provided will be used only in ways that are not inconsistent with VEVRAA. {companyName} is an EEO employer and does not discriminate in hiring against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.

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Why Are You Being Asked to Complete This Form?

As a government contractor, Cherokee Nation Businesses is required to reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. To help measure how well {companyName} is doing, it is asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, and any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

How Do I know if I have a Disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to: blindness, deafness, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, HIV/AIDS, schizophrenia, muscular dystrophy, bipolar disorder, major depression, multiple sclerosis, missing limbs or partially missing limbs, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, or an intellectual disability.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, time we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. 1Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp

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