ArtsQuest is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, ArtsQuest expects that all relationships among all persons we come in contact with will be business-like, respectful and free of bias, prejudice and harassment.
ArtsQuest will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all staff, volunteers, artists, musicians, instructors or vendors are familiar with these policies and are aware that any complaint in violation of such policies will be investigated and resolved appropriately. Any employee who has questions or concerns should talk with the Vice President of Human Resources.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of ArtsQuest to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. ArtsQuest prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.
ArtsQuest encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination or harassment. It is the policy of ArtsQuest to promptly and thoroughly investigate such reports. ArtsQuest prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or harassment or participates in an investigation of such reports.
Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal, state and local laws. For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognizes two types of sexual harassment: a) quid pro quo and b) hostile work environment. Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.
Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, or that of his or her relatives, friends or associates, and that: a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities or creative endeavors associated with the organization.
Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the employer’s premises or circulated in the workplace, on company time or using company equipment by e-mail, phone (including voice messages), text messages, social networking sites or other means or through the act of creative expression while on ArtsQuest premises or venues.
Individuals and Conduct Covered
These policies apply to all applicants, employees, whether related to conduct engaged in by fellow employees or by someone not directly connected to ArtsQuest (e.g., a volunteer, artist, musician, an outside vendor, independent contractor or customer).
Conduct prohibited by these policies is unacceptable in the workplace and in any work-related setting on or outside the workplace, such as during business trips, business meetings and business-related social events.
Reporting an Incident of Harassment, Discrimination or Retaliation
ArtsQuest encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, regardless of the offender’s identity or position. Individuals who believe that they have been the victim of such conduct should discuss their concerns with their immediate supervisor or the Vice President of Human Resources. See the complaint procedure described below.
In addition, ArtsQuest encourages individuals who believe they are being subjected to such conduct to promptly advise the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and to request that it be discontinued. Often this action alone will resolve the problem. ArtsQuest recognizes, however, that an individual may prefer to pursue the matter through complaint procedures.
Individuals who believe they have been the victims of conduct prohibited by this policy or believe they have witnessed such conduct should discuss their concerns with their immediate supervisor, or human resources.
ArtsQuest encourages the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns so that rapid and constructive action can be taken before relationships become irreparably strained. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, early reporting and intervention have proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of harassment.
Any reported allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be investigated as promptly as possible. The investigation may include individual interviews with the parties involved and, where necessary, with individuals who may have observed the alleged conduct or may have other relevant knowledge.
Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigatory process to the extent reasonably consistent with adequate investigation and appropriate corrective action.
Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of his/her relationship with ArtsQuest. Acts of retaliation should be reported immediately and will be promptly investigated and addressed.
If a party to a complaint does not agree with its resolution, that party may appeal to ArtsQuest’s President and CEO.
False and malicious complaints of harassment, discrimination or retaliation (as opposed to complaints that, even if erroneous, are made in good faith) may also be the subject of appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of his/her relationship with ArtsQuest.
The organization has the right to interpret, modify, amend, in whole or in part, in its sole discretion, this policy in any manner at any time for any purpose provided it does not conflict with applicable local, state or federal law. This policy does not constitute a contract or promise of employment, but serves as a guideline for appropriate conduct for its representatives.