Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination; it is illegal; and it not to be tolerated.  Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct that requires the personal awareness and attention of every employee.  Left unchecked, it is a serious detractor from morale, productivity, and work accomplishment, which we cannot afford.

     Without exception, all Parish personnel are entitled to a work environment free from sexual harassment.  To ensure a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, this definition is outlined below:

“Sexual harassment” is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

A) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s job, pay, or career
B) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person
C) Such conduct interferes with an individual’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

“Any person in a supervisory position who uses or condones, implicitly or explicitly sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the career, pay or job of a Parish employee is engaging in sexual harassment.”

   Complaints of sexual harassment will be filed with the Parish Administrator.  Sexual harassment complaints will be given prompt attention, treated objectively, and resolved where possible at the lowest level of management.  Any employee who believes that he or she has been a victim of sexual harassment, or who has knowledge of that type of behavior, is urged to report such conduct immediately.

REFERENCE: Resolution Number 5236