Department of Conservation and Recreation Civil Rights and Non-Discrimination Policy

Learn about DCR’s non-discrimination policy, and how to request an accommodation or file a complaint.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, income, ethnicity, class, handicap, religious creed or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, English language proficiency or ancestry in administration of its programs or activities, and, it does not retaliate against or intimidate any individual because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 and all other applicable federal and state civil rights and non-discrimination laws and regulations; oppose actions prohibited by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 and all other applicable federal and state civil rights and non-discrimination laws and regulations, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights.  

Reasonable Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you are a qualified person with a disability, DCR will generally provide appropriate aids and services for effective communication, if you request them. This will allow you to participate equally in DCR’s programs, services, and activities. Effective communication includes qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

DCR will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, people with service animals are welcomed in DCR properties, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, and please include as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but we may be unable to fulfill the request. Please send an e-mail to Melixza G. Esenyie, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs at Melixza.Esenyie2@mass.gov, or call (617) 626-1282.

DCR will not charge you or your group to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids and services or the cost of reasonable modifications of policy. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require the DCR to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

If you have any questions about this notice or any of DCR’s non-discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact:

Melixza G. Esenyie
Non-Discrimination Coordinator
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Boston MA 02114
Phone: (617) 626-1282

Melixza.Esenyie2@mass.gov

Complaints

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a DCR program or activity, you may contact Melixza Esenyie, Non-Discrimination Coordinator, identified above, or DCR’s Deputy Human Resources Director, Lauren Catalogna, to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination.  

Lauren Catalogna
Deputy Human Resources Director for Department of Conservation & Recreation
251 Causeway Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02114
Cell: (857) 406-3541
Lauren Catalogna

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