We are committed to an organizational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work/volunteer in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, GDCJFA expects that all relationships among persons in the organization will be business-like and free of bias; prejudice, discrimination, and harassment against any individuals, including the LBGTQ community.
In order to keep this commitment, GDCJFA maintains a strict policy of prohibiting unlawful harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment and harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, age, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local employment discrimination laws.
This policy applies to all Staff, Junior Staff, Mentors, Students and guests who engage in unlawful harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, making unwanted sexual advances and requests for sexual favors where either:
1. Submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit term or condition of participation; or
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of decisions affecting such individual; or
3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Those who violate this policy are subject to discipline up to and including the possibility of immediate discharge from the organization and its’ premises.
Examples of unlawful harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments.
- Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings, e-mail and faxes or gestures.
- Physical conduct such as assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movement.
- Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests in order to keep ones job or position in return for sexual favors.
- Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report unlawful harassment.
Any person who believes he or she has been harassed by a member, or agent of GDCJFA or by a nonemployee should promptly report the facts of the incident or incidents and the names of the individual(s) involved to the GDCJFA President or Vice-President.
Upon receipt of a complaint, the organization will undertake a prompt, thorough, objective and good faith investigation.