Policy Against Harassment

(i) The Symphony is committed to providing an environment to each of its employees, volunteers, chorus members, and students that is free from unlawful harassment. The Symphony prohibits sexual harassment, and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. All such harassment will not be tolerated.

(ii) Forbidden sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when (1) submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition of employment or participation; or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or participation decisions. Examples of conduct that may constitute forbidden sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: verbal conduct such as sexual epithets, sexual jokes or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments; physical conduct including leering, assault, unwanted touching, intentionally blocking normal movement or interfering with someone’s work because of their gender; visual displays such as derogatory and/or sexually-oriented posters, pictures, photography, cartoons, drawings or gestures; and threats or demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment, or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment or participation benefits in return for sexual favors.

(iii) Forbidden harassment also includes any other verbal, physical and visual conduct, directed toward an individual based on their legally-protected status that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or other participant’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples of conduct that may constitute harassment include, but are not limited to: racial slurs; ethnic jokes; posting of offensive posters or cartoons; distribution of inappropriate jokes or offensive language on email on Symphony computers or networks; or other similar conduct.