A+ Education and Performing Arts has adopted the EEOC’s definition of sexual harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature are considered to be sexual harassment when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either directly or indirectly a term or condition of employment or participation;
• Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or participation decisions which affect an employee, volunteer or student;
• Such conduct has the purpose or the effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee's, volunteer's, or student’s routine performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment;
The following are some examples of conduct which may be considered sexual harassment and, therefore, are prohibited by this policy:
• Repeated, unwelcome and offensive sexual flirtations, advances or propositions;
• Continued or repeated verbal abuse of sexual nature;
• Continued or repeated graphic verbal commentaries about a person’s body;
• Display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
• Continued or repeated suggestive sexual comments or remarks;
• Continued or repeated insults, humor, or jokes about a person’s sex or traits relating to sex;
• Continued or repeated touching, pinching or brushing a person’s body.
Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional socially acceptable compliments. It refers to behavior that is unwelcome, personally offensive or sufficiently severe or repeated that it alters the conditions of employment and creates an abusive working environment.
Any employee, staff member, administration member, volunteer or student knowingly violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action, which may include reprimand, suspension, or dismissal. All violations are to be investigated and addressed by the Executive Director of the applicable A+ program immediately. The Board of Directors shall be informed of the investigation and the outcome at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
In the event of criminal charges being filed, the Executive Director shall inform the Board of Directors as soon as possible.
A+ Education and Performing Arts will support the laws of the United States. If any Board, Staff or performing members are caught violating those laws, they will be terminated by the Organization, turned over immediately to the proper authorities and the parents of minors will be contacted.