11 November 2013
Proposal for Sexual Harassment Policy
The city of Median Tennessee services a population of 45,000, 402 working personnel of different agencies, and 385 school system employees, some of which are unionized. Currently our city does not have a sexual harassment policy letter for our employees. Just as it is important to protect our employees it is also important from a reputation and monetary aspect we have this policy in place. Cities and companies across the nation are affected by sexual harassment. This sexual harassment deteriorates the work force morale and includes costly court time with litigation. We want a friendly place for our workforce.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC defines sexual harassment as:
“It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
The equal opportunity” (EEOC Website)
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