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HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (2020)
HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (2020)
TITLE: Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy (Revised April ______, 2020)
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT: Human Resources
The City of Albuquerque is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment. Harassment in the workplace includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment. Harassment is any verbal or physical conduct including displaying or forwarding any visual material, that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or gender identity, or hair types, textures, and styles commonly associated with race, gender, or religion; that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment; and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance; or otherwise adversely affects an individual's employment opportunities or ability to obtain public services. Harassment based on any of the foregoing statuses is a form of discrimination which is unlawful under local, state and federal civil rights laws. This policy applies to all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.
The City of Albuquerque, as a public employer and a provider of services, WILL NOT TOLERATE OR CONDONE HARASSMENT IN ANY FORM from any employee, regardless of his or her employment status, nor from a provider of services who is under contract with the City. All employees, supervisors and managers are responsible for maintaining a work environment free of any form of harassment, and will be held fully accountable in complying with this policy and taking appropriate measures to ensure that such conduct does not occur. Applicants for employment are entitled to employment consideration without being subjected to sexual or other forms of harassment. Any employee found to have engaged in prohibited harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
This policy supersedes all previous policies with the City of Albuquerque addressing harassment including sexual harassment and is made in accordance with City Council Bill No. C/S R-158, regarding sexual harassment. Departments may reinforce this policy with an additional departmental policy consistent with this policy and with the signature of the Chief Administrative Officer.
Training on harassment/sexual harassment is mandatory each year for all City of Albuquerque employees and is essential for our organization to ensure employees experience a safe, fair and healthy work environment. The City of Albuquerque will make training available to all employees on an annual basis. Initial training will be provided in person and thereafter annually, utilizing the City's on-line training.
DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidelines for defining sexual harassment prohibits unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal expression or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal expression or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining employment or public services; or
2. Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or obtaining public services; or
3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or obtaining public services or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in which to work or obtain services.
The following criteria will be looked at to determine if sexual harassment exists:
1. The frequency of the conduct.
2. The severity of the conduct.
3. Whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with work performance.
Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, even if it does not rise to the level of sexual harassment, may be a violation of City policies and is prohibited.
The following are examples of conduct which may be considered sexual harassment. Conduct which is not on this list can also be sexual harassment if it meets the above definition.
A. Physical Assaults of a Sexual Nature, such as:
1. Rape, sexual battery, molestation, or attempts to commit the foregoing;
2. Intentional physical conduct, such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, brushing against another employee's body, or poking another employee's body that is sexual in nature.
B. Unwanted Sexual Advances, Propositions, or Other Unwanted Sexual Comments, such as:
1. Threatening adverse actions in order to have a sexual favor performed;
2. Suggesting a desire for sexual relations or physical contact;
3. Propositions of sexual nature;
4. Continued requests for dates after being informed that such requests are unwelcome;
5. Use of any offensive or demeaning terms which have a sexual connotation such as:
a. Verbal abuses of a sexual nature;
b. Graphic commentaries about a person's body;
c. Use of sexually degrading words to describe a person;
d. Telling jokes or making remarks of a sexual nature to, or in the presence of, persons who find such jokes or remarks offensive.
e. Making offensive remarks about someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.
6. Whistling or calling another in such a manner as to attract unwelcome attention to another person, i.e. "wolf whistling" "cat calls";
7. Initiating unwanted discussion of one's personal sex life.
8. Non-verbal gestures such as:
a. Looking or staring at a person up and down;
b. Winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips;
c. Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements.
C. Sexual Displays or Publications Anywhere in Workplace by Employees, such as:
1. Displaying pictures, posters, calendars, graffiti, cartoons, objects, promotional materials, reading materials, or other materials that are sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning or pornographic, or bringing into the work environment or possessing any such material to read, display, or view at work; or
2. Reading or otherwise publicizing in the work environment materials that are in any way sexually revealing, sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning, or pornographic.
DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidelines defines harassment as unwelcome conduct that is based on membership in a protected class.
Harassment is unlawful and prohibited where:
l. Enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment or a condition of obtaining employment or public services, or
2. The conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
3. Negative stereotyping;
5. Hostile acts;
6. Ridicule or mockery because of a person's protected class;
7. Denigrating or hostile written or graphic material posted or circulated in the workplace.
Retaliation for Harassment/Sexual Harassment Complaints is prohibited, such as:
1. Disciplining, providing inaccurate work information to, or refusing to cooperate or discuss work- related matters with any employee because that employee has complained about or resisted harassment, discrimination, or retaliation; and
2. Intentionally pressuring, falsely denying, lying about or otherwise covering up or attempting to cover up any conduct that meets the definition of harassment, as provided above.
The above is not to be construed as an all-inclusive list of prohibited acts under this Policy.
Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited, hurts other employees, and contributes to a general negative atmosphere in which all employees suffer the consequences. Any of the prohibited conduct described here, if found to constitute harassment/sexual harassment, has no legitimate business purposes. Accordingly, the employee who engages in harassment/sexual harassment should be and will be made to bear the full responsibility for such conduct.
Employees and applicants for employment who believe they have been subjected to sexual or other harassment are encouraged to tell the person responsible for the behavior that his or her actions are offensive and unwelcome. Employees and applicants for employment have an obligation to report the matter as soon as possible to a supervisor, the Department Director, or to the Human Resources Director. An employee may also exercise his/her rights to pursue an action through any local (City of Albuquerque, Human Rights Office), state (Human Rights Commission of New Mexico) or federal (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) regulatory agency responsible for enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. This policy does not extend the time limits to file any discrimination action.
ANY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, MANAGER OR SUPERVISOR WHO OBSERVES OR HAS KNOWLEDGE OF HARASSMENT, MUST IMMEDIATELY BRING THE MATTER TO THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR OR THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
The City will investigate all reports of alleged harassment. To the extent possible, the City will keep the information confidential, consistent with its obligation to provide a prompt, impartial, and thorough investigation. If the City determines that harassment or other violations of City policy have occurred or that counseling, training, disciplinary measures or termination are appropriate, it will take appropriate measures to correct the problem.
No employee will be retaliated against in any way for reporting in good faith any allegations of harassment or assisting, testifying, or participating in an investigation. Such retaliation in and of itself may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
All employees are required to cooperate with any investigation undertaken by the City in response to an allegation of harassment. Department Directors are responsible for assuring cooperation with investigations. Refusal to cooperate in an investigation may result in disciplinary action, up to an including termination.
Each Department Director shall adhere to and enforce the procedures established by the City of Albuquerque which provides work sites free of harassment including sexual harassment, so that instances of harassment including sexual harassment will be detected soon after their occurrences, and to provide for prompt resolution of complaints within the department.
ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN EQUITABLE WORKING ENVIRONMENT.
The Human Resources Department is available to discuss incidents, investigate whether the conduct appears to be harassment, including sexual harassment, and explain the options for dealing with harassment. Any activity that may be harassment should be reported immediately to determine if any corrective action should be taken.
For more information contact the Human Resources Department at 768-3700.
This Administration Instruction is effective immediately.
REFERENCES: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines, the New Mexico Human Rights Act, 28-1-1, et. al.
Chief Administrative Officer