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Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment
- Q: Will I lose my job if I file a complaint?
A: No. The University encourages individuals to bring forward information and/or complaints about violations of University policy and state or federal law. Retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, reports or who participates in the investigation of alleged violations is strictly forbidden.
- Q: What if my supervisor is aware of the harassment and does nothing, or if my supervisor is responsible for the harassment?
A: Employees may report discrimination or discriminatory harassment to someone above their direct supervisor, or may report the incident(s) directly to this ODE.
- Q: What should I do if the behavior only happened once and there were no witnesses?
A: All potential discrimination or discriminatory harassment conduct, even if only a single incident, should be reported to the Discrimination Case Management Team. ODE conducts investigations to resolve any disputed factual issues and considers all relevant information to determine whether the evidence supports a finding of disciminatory conduct in violation of University Policies. Witnesses are helpful to the investigation, but not essential.
- Q: If the sexually harassing behavior occurs between two co-workers outside of work, does the University’s Policy Statement on Harassment apply?
A: Under some circumstances, sexual harassment by a co-worker outside of work may fall under University policy. In such situations, please contact the Case Management Team for guidance.
- Q: What should I do if I am not sure whether the behavior is sexual harassment?
A: If you are concerned that behavior may be sexual harassment, you are encouraged to contact ODE to discuss your concerns with a member of the Case Management Team.
- Q: Can I bring someone with me when I meet with a member of the Case Management Team?
A: Yes. All persons meeting with a member of the Case Management Team may be accompanied by a union representative or other support person.
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