Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy

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Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy2021-04-29T16:10:44-07:00

Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy

All employees, applicants, volunteers, clients, and independent contractors (“workers”) working with the Center are to be treated with respect and dignity. The Center is committed to providing an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination.

The Center strongly disapproves of and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of its employees and volunteers by managers, supervisors, co-workers, independent contractors, vendors, volunteers, or members of the public. Similarly, the Center will not tolerate harassment or discrimination by its employees against others with whom the Center has a business, service or professional relationship.

Some examples of conduct that may violate this policy include verbal, physical and visual contact that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile working environment or that interferes with work performance. Some examples of conduct potentially violating this policy include racial or sexist slurs, ethnic or sexist jokes, posting of offensive statements, posters or cartoons, and unwanted touching or blocking of normal movement.

Sexual harassment under this policy includes the making of any unwelcome advances and/or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, as well as offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors or threatening reprisals after a negative response to a sexual advance.

The definition of sexual harassment includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. Some examples of behavior that may violate this policy include: requests for sexual favors, demeaning sexual remarks, leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, jokes, comments about an individual’s body, touching, impeding or blocking movements, or any other conduct based upon an individual’s sex that creates an atmosphere or environment that interferes with that individual’s job performance or is intimidating, hostile or offensive to that individual.

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing investigate and prosecute complaints of prohibited harassment in employment. If an employee believe they have been harassed or discriminated against, or that they have been retaliated against for resisting or complaining, they may also file a complaint with the appropriate agency in addition to exhausting the following complaint procedure.

To report a violation of this policy please contact the Executive Director by calling (916) 442-0185 or via email at