Three Star Fire Department is committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of harassment, intimidation or retaliation for opposing such conduct.
Harassment based upon sex (with or without sexual conduct), race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, as well as retaliation for opposing such conduct and/or participating in the statutory complaint process is prohibited. Harassment will not be tolerated on any Three Star Fire Department property, or at any emergency scene, or function.
This policy applies to everyone at Three Star Fire Department, including Board Members, Fire Department Officers, Auxiliary Members, Firefighters (Explorer rank throughout Fire Chief), visitors/patients and vendors.
Members shall report any harassing behavior to their appointed Fire Officer. If the offending person is or involves their appointed Officer, the member shall report directly to the Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Chief. Members are encouraged to report such behavior before it becomes severe or pervasive. Members shall not fear retaliation because it will not be tolerated. Three Star Fire Department will investigate the claim and, if sub-statiated, take appropriate action to ensure such activity ceases.
Harassment can be conduct that disturbs or interferes with a memberís ability to perform his/her job and/or treating an employee differently for any of the reasons listed above.
Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, request for favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where:
Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle or not so subtle behaviors. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but are not limited to: unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendos; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual's body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display or circulation in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures (including through e-mail); and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.
Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Harassment is conduct that shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her protected characteristic and that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation in the workplace of written or graphic materials that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.
Any member who engages in the types of harassing conduct described in this policy will be disciplined, up to and including termination.
All members of the Command Staff are responsible for communicating this policy and informing members of the guidelines for reporting any instance of prohibited harassment.
No member at any level will retaliate against anyone, either for reporting and instance of harassment or providing information related to a harassment complaint
Guidelines for responding to and reporting conduct considered to be harassing are described in Complaint Guidelines (Section I-9).
All Three Star Fire Department members are required to read this policy. They must also in writing acknowledge and agree to comply with this policy.
My signature below certifies that I have received a copy of the Standard Operating Guidelines for Anti-Harassment Policy for the Three Star Fire Department. I also understand that I am responsible for reading and understanding all of the materials contained herein.
A copy of this will be maintained in personal file.