Chapter 2.58


2.58.010    Established.

2.58.010 Established.

A. The Board of County Commissioners adopts the following policy:

1. Prevention is the best approach to eliminate sexual harassment. Department heads and supervisors will take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent such harassment from occurring.

2. Department heads and supervisors shall not allow conduct that creates a sexually intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Included in forbidden conduct are lewd gestures, sexually offensive language and sexually offensive behavior. Any department head, supervisor or employee who engages in sexually harassing conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Any department head or supervisor who tolerates sexually harassing conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

3. Employees or applicants for employment who experience sexual harassment in any form are urged to contact the Human Resources Director or the Administrative Coordinator in the Commissioners’ office. An investigation of the facts will be immediately conducted and if evidence supports such a complaint, immediate action will be taken. All efforts will be taken to protect the individuals involved.

B. The Board of Commissioners firmly believes the employees of the county to be capable of exercising good judgment and common sense in their working relationships and/or treating one another in a fair and courteous manner. Such behavior helps protect the county and its employees from being subjected to embarrassment and legal or disciplinary sanctions. [Res. 12-013HR § 7, 1-17-12; Res. 85-088, 5-6-85.]