The Board of Trustees shall appoint a Safe Congregation Committee of five members consisting of the minister, a board member, and three members of the congregation to serve for one year.
The five will include at least two women and two men, and replacements will be appointed by the Board as necessary or as terms expire.
All individuals in positions of supervision are responsible for their own conduct and for the conduct of individuals they supervise, and will take affirmative steps to stop sexual harassment by subordinates when it is brought to their attention, including warning or disciplining the offending individual.
Such disciplining may include any legally acceptable means, to be decided with the assistance of the Safe Congregation Committee, and if deemed advisable, the Board of Trustees.
Sexual Harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as the use of one’s authority or power, either explicitly or implicitly, to coerce another into unwanted sexual relations or to punish another for his/her refusal of same; or the creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment through verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
When a person is sexually harassed, s/he is afforded the same protection and redress as a victim of any other form of discrimination. It prohibits unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conducts of a sexual nature when:5.1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; and/or5.2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for a decision or decisions affecting such individual; and/or5.3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; and/or5.4) such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, and the supervisor knows or should know of the existence of the harassment and fails to take timely and appropriate action.
This special panel shall include the President of the Board of Trustees, another board member, and three members of the congregation (from the Safe Congregation Committee, if possible).This includes physical, psychological, and sexual harassment. We consider these three areas to overlap, but are focusing on where the primary complaint is.Unwelcome physical touch with sexual overtones would be considered sexual harassment.c1.The process of reaching a decision may include a meeting between the complainant, the minister, and the panel, if such a meeting will not put the complainant at risk.The staff shall be held to similar standards as the minister.
Staff members, if single, shall not be prohibited from a dating relationship with another staff member or a person in the congregation.