Sexual Harassment Policy
The policy of LSU Health Sciences Center always has been that all our employees should be able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct which undermines the integrity of the employment relationship. No employee, wither male or female, should be subject to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical.
Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior which is not welcome, which therefore interferes with our work effectiveness.
Such conduct, whether committed by supervisors or non-supervisory personnel, is specifically prohibited. This includes repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, graphic or degrading verbal comments about an individual of his her appearance, the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures or any offensive or abusive physical conduct.
Accusations of sexual harassment which are found to be valid may subject the individual(s) involved to severe disciplinary action or termination of employment.
In addition, no one should imply or threaten that an applicant's or employee's "cooperation" of a sexual nature (or refusal thereof) will have any effect on the individuals employment, assignment, compensation, advancement, career development or any other condition of employment.
Any questions regarding either this policy or a specific fact situation should be addressed to the appropriate supervisor, Director of Human Resource Management, or Labor Relations Manager (504) 568-8742.
How to Recognize and Prevent SEXUAL HARASSMENT in the Workplace
Sexual harassment affects everyone!
Employees may lose
Supervisors may lose
Employers may lose
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination, according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) and is illegal, according to the 1980 guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Unwelcome sexual conduct or attention is sexual harassment if:
For example: A person is threatened with termination, blocking promotion, denial of merit increase or unsatisfactory performance evaluation if he/she does not go along with sexual advances. Or... a person is rewarded through hiring or promotion if a person does go along with sexual advances.
For example: A person pressures someone for dates... makes offensive remarks about a person's looks, clothes, etc... touches someone in a way that makes him/her uncomfortable or threatened... is subjected to offensive language, jokes, teasing, gestures, sexual pictures, calendars, or objects.
Here's how you can help prevent Sexual Harassment in the workplace-