It is the policy of the Freeport Memorial Library that all employees and Library patrons should be able to use the Library facilities and to work in the Library free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veteran status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Freeport Memorial Library. Any employee who violates this policy will be subject to sanctions enumerated in the Personnel Policy Manual (page 22, 2003 edition). Any patron who violates this policy will be subject to the sanctions enumerated in Policy and Procedures Manual (“Rules of Behavior and Maintenance of Public Order at Library Facilities”, section 2, page 2-3 to 2-5).
Discriminatory harassment includes conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) directed against any person or group of persons because their race color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veteran status and that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm.
In addition, sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that employee; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with (a) an employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or (b) a patron’s use of the Library’s facilities.
All administrative staff should take appropriate steps to disseminate this policy statement and to inform employees and patrons of the procedures for lodging complaints. All members of the Library staff are expected to assist in implementing this policy.
Nothing in this policy statement is intended to limit the content of materials selected by the Library within the guidelines of the “Freedom to Read” statement (Policy and Procedures Manual, section 3, page 3-3).
Any staff member or patron with a complaint of discriminatory harassment should contact any one of the following: the Library Director, Assistant Director, President of the Staff Association, Nassau County Commission on Human Rights 516-571-3662, New York State Division on Human Rights 516-538-1360, or the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission 212-336-3620 to obtain information on the procedure for handling such complaints.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
January 19, 1994
Amended August 13, 2008