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Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the Ephrata Public Library to maintain a working environment free from all forms of harassment or intimidation. Any form of unlawful employee or library patron harassment is expressly prohibited. This includes discrimination or harassment that is sexual, racial, or religious in nature or is related to anyone’s gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability. Harassment by an employee, volunteer, or library patron of another employee, volunteer, or library patron will not be tolerated. Improper interference with the ability of library employees and volunteers to perform their expected job duties is not tolerated. Those violating this practice shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or loss of library privileges.

If an employee feels he/she has been subjected to any form of harassment/discrimination, the employee should firmly and clearly tell the person engaging in the harassing/ discriminating conduct that it is unwelcome, offensive, and should stop at once. The employee should also report any discrimination/ harassment to the Director of the Ephrata Public Library. In the event that the Director is involved in the discrimination/harassment the report should be made to the President of the Board of Trustees. That person will take the necessary steps to initiate an investigation of the discrimination/harassment claim.

Ephrata Public Library shall conduct an investigation in as confidential a manner as possible. A timely resolution will be reached and communicated to the employee and other parties involved. Appropriate corrective action, up to, and including termination, will be taken promptly. Retaliation against any employee for filing a complaint or participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited. Any employee who knowingly makes a false claim of discrimination/harassment will be subject to corrective action, up to and including termination.

If an employee feels his/her complaint has not been properly handled, he/she may forward the complaint to the President of the Ephrata Public Library Board of Trustees.

This page was last modified on March 18 2011