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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Policy

WellPoint will recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law. In addition, all personnel actions such as compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, transfers, staff reductions, terminations, reinstatement and rehire, company-sponsored training, education and tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs will be administered in accordance with the principles of equal employment opportunity.

In keeping with these principles, WellPoint is committed to providing all associates with a work environment that is free from all forms of harassment based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. WellPoint is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job they hold or desire, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

WellPoint takes affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity for females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Each facility has an EEO Coordinator who is responsible for compliance with applicable regulations regarding affirmative action.

All associates are responsible for compliance with this policy to ensure a working environment free from discrimination and harassment. Members of management have a responsibility to prevent conduct inconsistent with this policy, to properly handle any known or reported violations, and to implement affirmative action programs within their areas of responsibility.

This policy statement embraces our core values: Customer First, Integrity, Personal Accountability for Excellence, One Company-One Team and Continuous Improvement.

Procedure

The Chief Human Resources Officer has overall responsibility for implementing the Company's Affirmative Action Plan and for ensuring that all personnel actions are administered in accordance with this policy and with federal and state law.

All associates, including members of management, are equally responsible for administering and implementing affirmative action programs within their areas of responsibility and for ensuring compliance with this policy as well as federal and state statutes regulating equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Any associate or job applicant who believes that he or she has been subject to unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation or sexual harassment is encouraged and expected to immediately notify a local Human Resources representative. Associates should take every step possible to make sure that Human Resources is informed of their concern.

  1. There can be no threat of retaliation against the associate by the Company or another associate (including management) for reporting a discrimination or discriminatory harassment complaint.
  2. Associates who have had a complaint of discrimination or discriminatory harassment addressed under this policy must immediately notify a local Human Resources representative if the discrimination or discriminatory harassment resumes, or the associate believes that retaliation is occurring.

All complaints involving equal employment opportunity, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment will be thoroughly investigated by Human Resources and promptly resolved.

The investigation and resolution of the alleged incidents will proceed confidentially to the extent that it is reasonable and practical.

The Company will assure that the investigation is thorough, involves the appropriate management, and documented and that the associate reporting discrimination is informed in writing at the conclusion of the investigation.

The Company shall take any and all appropriate steps, up to and including termination of employment, against associates who violate this policy.

Questions or comments regarding equal employment opportunity or affirmative action within WellPoint can be answered by contacting the EEO Program Consultant at 317-488-6205.