Harassment Prevention Policy and Regulations

Every Institute or company has the legal obligation not to tolerate harassment of students, trainees, employees or others by other students, employees or others who have a commitment to the institute or company.
Harassment is defined as follows, unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical behavior which includes one of the following elements:

Examples are:

On the other hand employees as well as trainees, students or others who made a commitment with the company or institute may be guilty of harassing behavior. Harassment can be directed against employees, trainees and students or others who have a relation with the company or institute. Harassment can be directed against men and women, irrespective of age, ethnic origin and position (professional or otherwise). Harassers often take advantage of their official position in order to damage the living and working conditions, the opportunities for training and chances of promotion or the safety of those at whom the harassment is directed.

The policy against harassment consists of the following parts:

The regulations formulated should apply to all

employees - all those working at the Institute or Company, including those from employment agencies, trainees, free-lancers, guest workers, lecturers and researchers - and all students and visitors of the Institute or company.

The Executive Board will notify all employees and all students and visitors of the Institute or Company that harassment will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary measures against those found guilty of such behavior. All employees and all students will be informed, via the available channels of communication, about the policy for the prevention and combating of harassment in the Institute or Company. The Institute or Company will inform people about the preventive policy at the commencement of their employment or course of study, and will remind them of this policy if and when necessary.

Harassment will be given explicit attention in the introductory program for newly arrived students or employees. Moreover, the names of the Counselors and the members of the Complaints Committee as well as information about their accessibility will be widely communicated.

Those involved in the policy for the prevention and combating of harassment (Works Councils, Counselors, members of the Complaints Committee) will be given the opportunity to receive relevant training. Empathy.nLaw will be happy to serve the Company or Institute in training of the Counselors and members of the Complaints Committee, implementation and/or supplying of a (chair) of your Complaints Committee.

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