Sexual Harassment

Conditions
Gunnison County strongly opposes sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual conduct. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: 
  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individual's employment
  • 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
Expectation
All employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and businesslike manner at all times. Inappropriate sexual conduct that could lead to a claim of sexual harassment is expressly prohibited by this policy. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexually implicit or explicit communications whether in: 
  • Physical gestures and other nonverbal behavior; such as unwelcome touching, grabbing, fondling, kissing, massaging, and brushing up against another’s body
  • Verbal form; such as comments, jokes, foul or obscene language of a sexual nature, gossiping or questions about another's sex life, or repeated unwanted requests for dates
  • Written form; such as cartoons, posters, calendars, notes, letters,  and email
Reporting Sexual Harassment
If you believe there has been sexual harassment, please use the following complaint procedure.

Gunnison County expects employees to make a timely complaint to enable the county to promptly investigate and correct any behavior that may be in violation of this policy. Report the incident to the personnel director or any member of management, who will ensure that the matter is promptly investigated.

Investigation
Your complaint will be kept as confidential as practicable.If Gunnison County determines that an employee’s behavior is in violation of this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the offending employee, up to and including termination of employment.

Retaliation
Gunnison County prohibits retaliation against an employee for filing a complaint under this policy or for assisting in a complaint investigation. If you perceive retaliation for making a complaint or for your participation in the investigation, please follow the complaint procedure outlined above. The situation will be promptly investigated.