It is the policy of the William Paterson University of New Jersey to provide equal employment opportunity as well as equity of conditions of employment to all its academic and non-academic employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, sex/gender (including pregnancy), affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, familial status, religion, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or disability, except where a particular qualification is specifically permitted and is essential to successful job performance. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, work environment, layoff, return from layoff, compensation and fringe benefits. Equal employment opportunity further includes policies, procedures and programs for recruitment, employment, training, promotion, and retention of minorities, women and persons with disabilities. This policy will be implemented and administered in accordance with all Federal and State laws and regulations which bear upon matters and conditions of employment in institutions of higher education. The University has developed an affirmative action program in fulfillment of its obligations under Federal and State equal opportunity employment legislation. The primary purpose of this program is to ensure that practices and procedures are developed, implemented and administered which will sustain equity for all persons with regards to the technical and legal requirements of affirmative action legislation as well as its human dimensions.