Livingston Parish Clerk of Court’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Protocol
It is required in accordance with La. R.S. 42:343 that all public servants receive a minimum of one hour of education and training each year on sexual harassment prevention and that each agency post on its web site its policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment. The Livingston Parish Clerk of Court’s Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures are below.
It is the policy of the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court to prevent and prohibit sexual harassment of any employee by another employee, by direct or indirect supervisors, co-workers, or someone who is not an employee of the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court, such as a client, vendor, or customer. Both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex of the alleged offender.
Actions that may constitute harassment include but are not limited to unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical or inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature, when the conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment or the holding of office, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or is pervasive and ongoing, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome physical contact, the use of sexually explicit language or gestures, and any uninvited or unwanted sexual advances (either physical or verbal) which create an overall offensive environment. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the use of vulgar language, the presence of sexually explicit photographs or other materials, the telling of sexual stories or jokes, and the uninvited or unwelcome touching of another person.
Violations of this policy may result in harsh discipline leading up to or resulting in immediate termination.
Reporting, Investigating, and Resolving Complaints
Any employee of the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court, who believes that he or she has been affected by sexual harassment, is encouraged to report the matter immediately to his or her immediate supervisor, or to any member of the Clerk’s administration. Complaints will be taken seriously and the investigative process will begin promptly. All complaints will be treated confidential to the extent possible with information disclosed only on a need-to-know basis to those involved in/as part of the investigation. All involved in the process will be instructed not to discuss the matter with anyone.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the findings will be communicated to those involved, as appropriate, and a decision will be made as to whether or not the behavior did indeed violate the Clerk’s Sexual Harassment Policy. From there, appropriate action will be taken.
Prohibition of Retaliation