Lava Mae is committed to establishing and maintaining a work environment that fosters harmonious, productive working relationships and encourages mutual respect among colleagues and volunteers.
Lava Mae expressly prohibits any form of unlawful harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or partnership status, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense or any other class or status protected by law. Harassment may include slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments and unwelcome jokes, pranks, teasing, as well as physical conduct such as assault. Harassment is unlawful whether it involves co-worker harassment, harassment by a manager, or harassment by persons doing business with or for Lava Mae.
Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct that is demeaning to another person, undermines the integrity of the employment relationship, and is strictly prohibited.
Federal, state, and local law forbid sexual harassment of an individual in employment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as follows:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when (1) submission of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose and effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Sexual harassment may include explicit sexual propositions, suggestive or persistent comments of a sexual nature, the display of obscene or sexually-oriented material, sexually oriented kidding or teasing, or jokes about gender-specific traits, foul or obscene language or gestures, and physical contact such as patting, pinching, or brushing against another’s body, and any similar behavior which is unwelcome or offensive.
Resolving & Reporting Violations
Individuals who have encountered harassing behavior are encouraged to clearly and directly advise offenders that their behavior is unwelcome, and request that the behavior stop. This action alone may in some cases resolve the problem. If an individual does not feel comfortable approaching the offender, or if the behavior continues, the individual is encouraged to discuss the harassment, discrimination or retaliation with their volunteer manager or supervisor or, if this is not appropriate, with Lava Mae Human Resources. Any manager or supervisor who becomes aware of possible unlawful behavior must immediately advise Human Resources so that the issue can be investigated in a timely manner.
Individuals should contact Lava Mae directly when reporting violations, one should provide as complete a description as possible of the facts surrounding the incident(s) forming the basis for the complaint so that an appropriate investigation can be conducted.
Lava Mae strongly urges the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns so that appropriate action can be taken as quickly as possible. Lava Mae will investigate all complaints promptly and will maintain confidentiality throughout the process to the extent practicable and appropriate under the circumstances.
Retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination or harassment or for providing information relevant to a claim of discrimination or harassment is strictly prohibited and will be treated with the same strict discipline as would discrimination or harassment itself. Individuals should immediately report acts of retaliation in accordance with the reporting procedures described above. These reports will be investigated promptly.
Contacting Lava Mae
As is noted above, Lava Mae employs a human resources specialist who manages employee relations. Please report any violations to the following individual:
Chief Operating Officer
Rich Watson firstname.lastname@example.org