The Town of Secaucus will not tolerate harassment in the work place including harassment motivated by actual or perceived sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, nationality, marital or political status, affectional or sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical heredity, cellular or blood trait, genetic information, disability (including AIDS or HIV infection), liability for service in the United States Armed Forces, gender identity or expression, and/or any other characteristic protected by law. While it is not easy to define precisely what harassment is, it includes slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, teasing and other similar verbal or physical conduct. The Town of Secaucus officials, appointees, managers, supervisors, employees, volunteers and outside contractors alike must comply with this policy and take appropriate measures to insure that such conduct does not occur. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including discharge or, in the event non-employees are found to be at fault, other appropriate action. Employees who feel they have been subject to harassment or a witness to harassment must report the harassment to their supervisor, or if they prefer to the Department Head, Business Administrator, Personnel Administrator or the Town Attorney. The Town has an official complaint form which is available and accessible through the Human Resources Director.
Harassment of any employees, in connection with their work, by non-employees or non-volunteers may also be a violation of this policy. Any employee or who experiences harassment by a non-employee, or who observes harassment of an employee by a non-employee should report such harassment to the supervisor. Appropriate action will be taken against any non-employee.
Notification of appropriate personnel of any harassment problem is essential to the success of this policy and the Town of Secaucus generally. The Town of Secaucus cannot resolve a harassment problem unless it knows about it. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all employees to bring those kinds of problems to attention of the appropriate officials so that steps are taken to correct them.
Violation of this harassment policy will subject employees to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate discharge.