ANIME TWIN CITIES, INC.
ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICYAnime Twin Cities, Inc. (herein referred to as ATC) is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It is the policy of ATC to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, ATC is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, ATC will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our staff, members, or others present at any official or unofficial gathering, meeting, or event to which ATC is either a partner or responsible for, by anyone, including any supervisor, co-worker, vendor, client, or member of ATC.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment:Unlawful discrimination includes treating someone less well because of the individual's race, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or other protected attribute. Harassment consists of unwelcome or unwanted conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual. Examples of unlawful harassment include words, gestures, stories, jokes or nicknames that are derogatory, demeaning or insulting to a person based upon his or her race, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or other protected attribute.
Sexual harassment deserves special mention. Sexual harassment consists of:Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's position as a staff member or volunteer, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for staff or volunteer position decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's attendance of any ATC event by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to the following conduct by any ATC member:
Unwanted sexual advances or propositions, offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors, making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances, sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually oriented "kidding" or "teasing," jokes about gender-specific traits, making sexual gestures or comments, displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or postures, impeding or blocking another's movement, unwanted physical contact, such as patting, pinching, or brushing against another's body, and continued requests for a date after a rejection.
The procedure for reporting and dealing with this very sensitive issue is as follows:
- If a person's behavior makes an ATC member uncomfortable, the individual should feel free to immediately advise the person that, in the individual's opinion, the behavior is inappropriate and that the individual would like it stopped.
- If the individual is not comfortable discussing the issue with the person, or if the person fails to respect an individual's request, the individual should report the incident to a staff member. If, for whatever reason, the individual does not feel that a staff member is a suitable person to whom to report the incident, the individual should contact the convention chair or, if appropriate, a member of the ATC Board.
No retaliation or any kind will occur because an individual has in good faith reported an incident of suspected harassment. The staff member, or other person to whom the complaint was made, will work to establish mutually agreed upon safeguards against retaliation while attempting to mediate any harassment complaint.