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The Lakeside Theatre Company Work Place Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy

The Lakeside Theatre Company is an “equal opportunity employer.” Our goal is to create and maintain an environment that encourages mutual respect and prohibits all forms of discrimination. The Lakeside Theatre Company will not discriminate and will take “affirmative action” measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex or sexual orientation.

The Lakeside Theatre Company is committed in all areas to providing a work environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated. All employees, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in employment with the employer as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.

Sexual harassment is behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward. Examples of harassing behavior may include unwanted physical contact, foul language of an offensive sexual nature, sexual propositions, sexual jokes or remarks, obscene gestures, and displays of pornographic or sexually explicit pictures, drawings, or caricatures. Use of the employer’s computer system for the purpose of viewing, displaying, or disseminating material that is sexual in nature may also constitute harassing behavior.

If an employee feels that he or she has been harassed on the basis of his or her sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, or sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic they should immediately report the matter to Mary Aufman, Managing Director, thelakesidetheatrecompany@gmail.com. Once the matter has been reported it will be promptly investigated and any necessary corrective action will be taken where appropriate. All complaints of unlawful harassment will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances. Retaliation is strictly prohibited.

The procedure for reporting incidents of harassing behavior is not intended to impair, replace, or limit the right of any employee to seek a remedy under available state or federal law by immediately contacting the Ohio Bureau of Civil Rights @ jfs.ohio.gov > civil rights > filing or by calling (614) 644-2703 or Toll-Free 1-866- 227-6353 or by contacting the Federal Government Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @ EEOC.gov or by calling the EEOC Public Portal – 800-669-4000.

Any employee engaging in improper harassing behavior will be subject to disciplinary action, including the possible termination of employment.

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