SEXUAL HARASSMENT


SEXUAL HARASSMENT







POLICY
Agency will not tolerate conduct by any employee/client who harasses, disrupts, or interferes with another's work or creates an offensive or hostile work environment.
While all forms of harassment are prohibited, Agency emphasizes that sexual harassment is specifically prohibited.
PURPOSE
To ensure an effective means by which an employee who believes that he/she has been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace can report the incident.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. Any employee who believes that he/she has been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace, by a manager, co-worker, or client, should report the incident to the Administrator as soon as possible. If the employee feels uncomfortable discussing the incident with the Administrator or the incident relates to or involves the Administrator, the Director of Clinical Services shall be notified.

Any employee who violates the policy against sexual harassment, or encourages another to violate the policy, will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, depending on the severity and type of violating behavior, up to and including discharge. The following behavior is considered a violation of this policy:
a. Threatening or insinuating that an applicant or employee should submit to sexual advances or that refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect employment, including evaluation, wages, promotional opportunities, or assignments.
b. Giving favorable treatment in any way to an applicant or employee because that person has shown a willingness to perform sexual activities.
c. Making unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances. This includes patting, pinching, brushing up against, hugging, cornering, kissing, fondling, or any other similar physical contact considered unacceptable by another individual.
d. Verbally abusing or kidding that is sex-oriented and considered unacceptable by another individual. This includes:

• Comments about an individual's body or appearance (where such comments go beyond a mere compliment).

• Off-color jokes that are clearly unwanted or considered offensive by others.

• Any other tasteless, sex-oriented comments, innuendoes, or offensive actions.
e. Displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including nude photographs, in the workplace.
f. Any other sexually oriented conduct that would seriously interfere with another's work performance.
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