TDS is committed to having a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity and respect, and in which each student and teacher has an equal opportunity to work, learn, and develop to his or her full potential in an atmosphere free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. To that end, TDS prohibits any form of harassment or discrimination (including sexual harassment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristic, whether by a supervisor, administrator, co-worker, volunteer, contractor, student, or non-employee. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that in the workplace, each employee is able to accomplish his or her job without being subjected to harassment.
While it is not easy to define precisely what harassment or discrimination is, it certainly includes verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct that denigrates, belittles, or puts down an individual or shows hostility, distaste, or aversion toward that individual based on that individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, any other protected class or participation in a protected activity.
Discrimination involves intentionally treating anyone in an unequal or disparate manner because of that person’s inherent or natural personal characteristics, including race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, any other protected class or participation in a protected activity, when such treatment causes the victim to suffer adverse educational, employment, or other school-related consequences.
Harassment is any unwelcome offensive verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive as to significantly affect the conditions of one’s employment or a student’s learning. Harassment includes, but is not limited to the following: slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome or abusive jokes, insults, name calling, threats, bullying or intimidation, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct such as uninvited touching or sexually-related comments or the exchange of benefits for performance of sexual or other favors.
Other conduct that can be unlawful harassment includes verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct that shows aversion, denigration, or hostility because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or other protected classification and that:
- Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment;
- Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work; or
- Adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.