Policy Against Sexual Harassment
It is the policy of the Department of Securities not to
discriminate in any of its employment practices on the basis of political or religious
opinion or affiliation, race, creed, color, gender, age, ancestry, marital status or
disability, so long as the disability does not render the employee unable to do the work
for which employed. Any form of unlawful discrimination to which this policy applies is a
very serious matter and will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination based
on sex. It includes, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such
conduct is explicitly or implicitly a requirement of the individual's employment, or used
as a basis for any employment decision concerning that individual, or when such conduct
has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work
performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Such
behavior is prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by the regulatory guidelines of
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, by applicable state laws, the State Merit
Rules of Employment, and by this policy. In some circumstances it may also violate other
laws (for example, criminal assault).
Sexual harassment will not be condoned or tolerated in the
Department of Securities. Any supervisory employee, employee with authority for personnel
matters, or other agent or officer of the Department who knows or should have known that
any employee is being subjected to sexual harassment must take immediate corrective action
or report the facts to Melanie Hall or me.
Appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken against any
employee who causes, engages in, encourages, condones or otherwise permits unlawful sexual
harassment, and against any supervisory or other responsible employee who fails to take
corrective action as provided above. Such conduct may be grounds for termination of
employment with the Department.
Any employee who believes that he or she has been the victim
of unlawful sexual harassment may complain of sex discrimination in accordance with the
Department's grievance procedure.
It is the responsibility of all employees in this agency,
supervisory and non-supervisory, to adhere to this policy and to use all reasonable
efforts to further its goals and spirit.
Irving L. Faught, Administrator