7.13 Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures



Definition: Sexual harassment is determined from the point of view of the person feeling harassed. It does not matter how the behaviour was intended. What matters is its effect on the other person.

Sexual harassment can be:

  • Unwelcome touching or kissing.

  • Commenting on a person's appearance.

  • Comments, jokes or name-calling.

  • Leering or staring.

  • Sexual pictures, objects, emails, text messages or literature.

  • Direct or implied propositions or requests for dates.

  • Asking about a person's sexual history or sexual activities.

Policy:

Sexual harassment is unacceptable and unlawful. The legislative framework used for this volunteering document is the SA Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, where it reasonable to expect that is the other person would be offended, afraid or humiliated.

Sexual harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to:

  • Words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical contact, or violence.

  • Both men and women can sexually harass and be harassed by either sex.

  • Mutual attraction or friendship with consent is not sexual harassment.

Procedures:

Therapeutic Dog Services will not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind in the workplace. Claims of sexual harassment will be handled promptly, confidentially and in a manner, that is fair to all involved in the complaint. Any sexual harassment claims should be reported to the Manager or Supervising Staff Member as soon as practicable. All claims will be treated seriously and confidentially.

See Grievance/Dispute Resolution Procedures for more information.

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