It is Company policy that all employees are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from Harassment and Discrimination. Any Company employee found to have violated any portion of the Harassment and Discrimination Policy will be subject to immediate discipline, up to and including termination of employment.
Although all types of Harassment are against Company policy, the Company recognizes that sexual harassment may occur in various ways because of its nature. Examples of specifically prohibited behavior that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
Making, threatening or insinuating to make any Employment Change, based on whether the Employee accepts, refuses, or submits to sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
Any relationship between a member of management and a subordinate Employee, on or off Company premises, which affects whether the Manager or Supervisor makes any Employment Change regarding the Employee;
Unwelcome or unnecessary touching or grabbing of another person;
Verbal abuse of a sexual nature or based upon one’s gender;
Commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies;
Sexual slurs, vulgar jokes, display of sexually explicit pictures, or any other sexually offensive conduct;
Any other overt conduct or statements of a sexual nature made to a person or in the presence of a person who will reasonably be offended by the unwelcomed sexual conduct or statements;
Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which has the effect of altering the terms and conditions of the employment of an Employee.
Any Employee who becomes aware of or who is a victim of Harassment or Discrimination must immediately notify Human Resources or their supervisor/manager of said Harassment or Discrimination. In this regard, an Employee may submit a written complaint of Harassment or Discrimination to the Human Resources Department using the Company’s Harassment or Discrimination Complaint Form. Alternatively, an Employee may submit a complaint by directly contacting the Human Resources Department. If an employee is not comfortable submitting a complaint to the Human Resources Department, he or she may contact the Whistle Blower Hotline at 800-252-4846.
Any member of management who is a witness to or receives a report of an alleged incident of Harassment or an act of Discrimination must notify the Human Resources Department immediately.
Upon receiving the Complaint from an Employee or any other third party, or notification from management, Human Resources will promptly and thoroughly investigate the complaint. Importantly, because the Company must take prompt and appropriate action whenever it becomes aware of Harassment or Discrimination, a thorough investigation of all complaints must be completed, even if the alleged victim does not want the Company to do so.
After completing a thorough investigation, if the Company determines that Harassment or Discrimination did occur, the appropriate remedial disciplinary action will be taken. The disciplinary measures could include any action up to and including termination of the perpetrator’s employment with the Company.