Student Discrimination & Harassment Complaint Procedures




Maine School Administrative District No. 31

HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES


Harassment of school employees because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, or disability is prohibited. Such conduct is a violation of Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.


As defined in Maine law and for the purpose of this policy, “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. “Gender identity” means gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.


Harassment


Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, threats, physical assault, and/or battery based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, or disability. Under the Maine Civil Rights Act, violence or threats of violence against a person or their property based on their sexual orientation are also illegal.


Sexual Harassment


Unwelcome sexual advances, suggestive or lewd remarks, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:


A. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an employee’s work environment or employee benefits;


B. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee is used as the basis for decisions on employment benefits; and/or


C. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.


Any employee who engages in harassment or sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.


All complaints of harassment will be investigated in accordance with the School Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure.


Notice and Training


Annually, each employee shall receive a copy of this policy and the School Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure. This may be accomplished by including the policy/procedure with employee paychecks or by using other appropriate means to ensure that



each employee receives a copy. All newly hired employees shall be provided training about sexual harassment in accordance with Maine law.


The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring that the school unit complies with all legal requirements for posting, notification and training of employees regarding harassment and sexual harassment.



Legal Reference: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC § 1681 et seq.)

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000d)

Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC § 12101 et seq.)

Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC § 794 et seq.)

Title VII (42 USC § 2000c-2; 29 CFR § 1604.11)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (29 USC § 623)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (42 USC 2000ff et seq.)

Maine Human Rights Act (5 MRSA §4681 et seq.

20-A MRSA § 6553

26 MRSA §§ 806-807


Cross Reference: ACAB-R - School Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint

Procedure

AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

ACAD - Hazing



First Reading: 10/16/2019

Adopted: 11/20/2019