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May Human Resources Advisor Volume 2, Issue 5

Prevention of Sexual Harassment

DoDEA recognizes the right of all employees to work in an environment free of sexual harassment and is committed to providing a work environment free this behavior. To emphasize this commitment, everyone needs to clearly understand what constitutes sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's job, pay or career, or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person, or (3) such conduct interferes with an individual's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment is a prohibited personnel practice. Behavior that create an offensive atmosphere and work environment that undermines our mission accomplishment will not tolerated. Allegations of sexual harassment will be dealt with swiftly and fairly. Where it is found to occur, corrective action, including appropriate disciplinary measures, will be taken. Multiple avenues for resolution and redress are available. Employees may use the Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination Complaint Process, the Administrative Grievance Procedures or the appropriate Negotiated Grievance Procedures.

Prevention of sexual harassment is the responsibility of all employees. However, managers and supervisors must set the example in treating all people with mutual respect and dignity, fostering a positive climate, and taking appropriate action when conduct is disruptive, provoking, discriminatory or otherwise unprofessional.

Together we can set a high standard of personal conduct in the workplace, by exhibiting the highest professional behavior and courtesy as we work together to accomplish our mission.

For more information on our EEO Program, please visit their web-site.