Definition of Harassment
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, military status, or any other status protected by law; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; and inappropriate physical contact. Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or other generally acceptable social behavior. Sexual harassment refers to verbal, physical, and visual conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the recipient. By way of example, sexual harassment may include such conduct as sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; an unwelcome display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; and offensive, unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, grabbing, groping, or constant brushing against another’s body. Attendees asked to stop any sexually harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Scope of Policy
This Event Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all attendees at FTA/FFTA events, including participants, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors. All attendees are expected to comply with this Event Anti-Harassment Policy at all event venues and event-related social events.
Reporting an Incident
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or have any other concerns, please contact any FTA/FFTA staff member immediately. FTA/FFTA staff can be identified by the white STAFF ribbon affixed to the bottom of their identification badge. All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly. FTA/FFTA staff will be happy to help attendees contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
Any and all reports of harassment to FTA/FFTA staff members will be immediately communicated to the president for appropriate action. The president, in turn, will advise the event chair(s), FTA Chairman of the Board and FFTA Chairman of the Board of the situation at the earliest possible opportunity. All reports of harassment that are brought to the attention of FTA/FFTA leadership will be communicated directly to the management of the asserted harassing individual and may lead to consultation with, and the engagement of, other FTA/FFTA staff, event leaders and/or legal counsel, as appropriate. Event security and/or local law enforcement may be involved, as appropriate, based on the specific circumstances. In response to a report of harassment, FTA/FFTA event leadership or staff may take any action they deem appropriate. Such actions range from a verbal warning, ejection from the event without a refund or further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in all future FTA/FFTA events.