2-1. Prohibition on Discrimination

No employee shall be discriminated or retaliated against on the basis of race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, national origin, nationality, ancestry, creed, color, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and pregnancy related medical condition), marital status, civil unions, legally recognized domestic partner status, military/veteran or military discharge status, disability, or actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, parental status, immigration status, genetic information, refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, or political belief or affiliation (not union related); the utilization of benefits authorized by this Agreement or BOARD policy; membership or participation in, or association with the activities of, the UNION; filing grievances or resolving grievances and professional problems; or participation in any committee, council or group, including but not limited to, the Professional Personnel Leadership Committee, Professional Problems Committee or Local School Council.