10.00.010     SEXUAL HARASSMENT/UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT      (CALEA 26.1.3)

 

Definitions             

 

Sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” when:

 

v       Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of the individual’s employment;

 

v       Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or

 

v       Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment

 

Other forms of unlawful harassment means conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person. 

 

Department Policy 

 

Sexual harassment or other unlawful harassment of any employee by any other employee of the Bellevue Police Department is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  Sexual harassment and other unlawful harassment has a negative impact on morale, motivation, and job performance.  It results in increased absenteeism, turnover, tension and loss of productivity.  It is inappropriate, offensive and potentially illegal.

 

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination under the provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and RCW Chapter 49.60, the Washington State Law Against Discrimination.

 

Notification of Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment

 

Any employee who believes that she (or he) is encountering sexual harassment, or other unlawful harassment, or any employee who observes a situation, which may be sexual harassment or other unlawful harassment of another employee, is strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance from his/her supervisor, another supervisor if the reporting employee alleges that their supervisor is involved in the harassing behavior, and/or the City’s Human Resources Department.  No discipline shall result from such reporting action.

 

It is the responsibility of all supervisory employees to report all cases of observed sexual or other unlawful harassment to their Section Commander immediately so that corrective action can be taken.

 

Investigation and Discipline

 

Because of the sensitive nature of the problem of sexual harassment and other unlawful harassment for all persons involved, any report of sexual harassment or other unlawful harassment will be investigated immediately and confidentially in accordance with City guidelines and the Department’s policy on internal discipline.

 

Action will be taken to protect all parties involved from further harassment, retaliation or false accusations.  Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for sexual or other unlawful harassment based on the severity of the offense.