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"My organization does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring/employment practices."

 

"Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 generally prohibits any sort of employment discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, or religion. However, there is a notable exception to the rule: Religious organizations are allowed to discriminate on the basis of their religion."

 

Is Google's policy referring to the legal definition of discrimination? Meaning if the law says that it is not discrimination then the organization is ok to apply?

 

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Yes, by law religious organizations are allowed to discriminate on the basis of their religion – that is their right. As a donor, Google reserves the right to donate their products and services in the manner that they see fit. As such, if the organization does discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring/employment practices, regardless if they are legally allowed to were not, then the organization would be in-eligible to take advantage of Google's donated products and services.

 

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 @Mike R

 

This is hard to answer without more specific details.  While Adwords policies ensure compliance with the local laws of the country being advertised in, there are many policies in place that have nothing to do with the law.  They are based on Google's decision to ensure a good/positive user experience.

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Thanks for the response, David. 

 

I'm happy to provide specifics. What do you need?

 

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Example:

A religious organization I work with will not hire homosexuals for certain positions. This is due to their religious beliefs. Legally they aren't discriminating based upon the law I posted above. 

 

Would this organization qualify for a Google Grant?

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@Mike R  

I'm going to go ahead and ping @RobertCoats because he has a lot of experience with Grants.

 

I know that religious organizations can be eligible as long as they are 501(c)(3).  I don't think that you can use the grant for anything actively discriminatory. For example, I doubt you could have an ad posting jobs with a landing page saying "No Homosexuals." It's all based on the organization's mission.  If the mission is something like feeding the hungry, and you have ads that solicit donations for that purpose, then I think you would be okay.  I don't think you're judged for internal hiring processes that are lawful. I would think you'd need to be tactful on how you disclose that or consider if that's even necessary at all.

 

Again, I'm not the expert here, but just my two cents from my basic understanding.  

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Google's Policy is subject to the "law of the land". (aka "lex terrae"). The Policy may set  tighter restrictions than the law (e.g. Promoting recreational  cannabis is not allowed - though legal in many states). However, the Policy cannot conflict  the law  in promoting services / products of the organization 

Grants Policy is: "ads and keywords in your AdWords account must reflect the mission of your nonprofit organization and be relevant to your nonprofit's programs and services"

So,  if  your organization's mission is "recruiting" while the law does not allow discrimination based on sexual orientation in recruiting, - then this would be a violation. But, if the organization's  mission is to promote religious belief among all people regardless of their sexual orientation - I think this should be ok.

@RobertCoats ?

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 @Mike R

Yes, by law religious organizations are allowed to discriminate on the basis of their religion – that is their right. As a donor, Google reserves the right to donate their products and services in the manner that they see fit. As such, if the organization does discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring/employment practices, regardless if they are legally allowed to were not, then the organization would be in-eligible to take advantage of Google's donated products and services.

 

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Thanks, @RobertCoats! This clears it up for me. Much appreciated!

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Hey @RobertCoats

 

I still am a bit unclear about this issue here. Above the moderators were saying that depending on your mission/what the money was going towards is the criteria to measure with.

 

Are you saying something different?

 

Also, to speak my specific situation, I am a part of a missions organization called YWAM (Youth With A Mission) that is a volunteer based organization, so I'm not even sure if we would be 'hiring' people or not. Also there is not anything specifically written down in our practices or guidelines regarding sexual orientation, though I believe we still would have certain religious beliefs that would be more assumed in how we manage and recruit our volunteers.

 

Thoughts? Just really wanting to make sure we honor Google's boundaries.

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@Mat L;

Robert  is our specialist on grants issues, and his reply is the most up to date and the accurate one.

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