Unlawful Harassment Policy
Harassment based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics or military service that takes place in the workplace or in other settings in which employees, interns or program participants may find themselves in connection with their employment or service will not be tolerated. It is the intent of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) to maintain a workplace free from unlawful harassment.
VVM will not tolerate any form of harassment (including verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct) that demeans or shows hostility toward an individual because of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics or military service that is sufficiently pervasive to alter the conditions of a person’s employment or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Epithets, slurs, jokes or other derogatory comments
- Negative stereotyping
- Derogatory voice mail, e-mail, graphics, downloaded materials or websites, including social media websites
- Derogatory objects, pictures, cartoons or demeaning gestures
- Threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to the above referenced protected characteristics
- Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of the above referenced.
All VVM employees, interns and participants are responsible for helping ensure that our workspace is kept free of unlawful harassment. If you feel you have been a victim of unlawful harassment or have witnessed unlawful harassment, report the behavior to one of the following individuals: our Human Resources Coordinator [Lynn Kucejko] or to Dorota Glosowitz, Jen Gallant, or Liz Roberts.
Because VVM takes all allegations of unlawful harassment seriously, we will respond promptly to complaints of unlawful harassment and will conduct a prompt investigation of the complaint. When it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, we will take effective action to eliminate the harassment. Such action may range from counseling to immediate dismissal. To the extent appropriate, the person who made the complaint will be informed of the results of the investigation. VVM will make every reasonable effort to treat complaints and investigations of unlawful harassment confidentially.
It is unlawful to retaliate against a VVM employee, intern or participant for reporting unlawful harassment or cooperating with an investigation of a complaint for unlawful harassment.
Regardless of whether a complaint of unlawful harassment is brought to the attention of VVM as described above, an employee, intern or participant who believes he or she has been unlawfully harassed may report such conduct to the MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, 436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (413-739-2145); MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, One Ashburton Place, Room 601, Boston, MA 02108 (617-994-6000); or to the EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203 (800-669-4000).
VVM has a separate policy dealing with sexual harassment.
I acknowledge that I have received the Valley Venture Mentors Unlawful Harassment Policy. I understand that it is my responsibility to be familiar with and conform to the procedures contained in this policy. I am expected to abide by the rules and requirements contained in the policy with regard to the reporting of harassment, including the obligation to report violations of the policy and not to retaliate against anyone for exercising his/her rights under this policy.