Employment Policies

Ward and Smith's employment policies include:

EEO Disclaimer
Ward and Smith, P.A. is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Ward and Smith, P.A. bases all employment-related decisions on individuals’ skills, abilities, and qualifications. This applies to recruitment and hiring, promotions, transfers, training, wages, salary and benefit administration, and all other aspects of employment with the Firm. Consistent with this principle and applicable federal, state or local laws, the Firm does not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, medical condition including pregnancy, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or Veteran’s status. Further, the Firm condemns discrimination, harassment and intimidation in any form in the workplace, and recognizes its duty to provide all employees with an environment free from such conduct.

At Will Provision
Employment with the Firm is strictly at-will, unless otherwise specified in an employment contract, which means that employees are free to leave the Firm's service at any time and that any employee can be terminated at any time with or without notice and with or without stated cause or reason, except as prohibited by law.

Application and Background Check Disclosure
An employment application is required as part of the Firm's employment process and should not be misconstrued as a contract or employment agreement between the Firm and the applicant. A background investigation conducted by a third party reporting agency is a condition of employment. This investigation may include information regarding criminal history, Social Security verification, driving records, verification of employment and education history, and other background checks relevant to the position.

U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. Ward and Smith utilizes E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. To learn more about E-Verify, click here.

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