Harassment is a prohibited behaviour in all of DPF Leading Agility, Inc.’s offerings. All individuals associated with DPF Leading Agility, Inc. (directors, shareholders, contractors, employees, clients, volunteers) are expected to act in a respectful manner, and must not engage in harassment-type behaviours.
Harassment is defined as “improper conduct by an individual, that is directed at and offensive to another individual in the workplace [organization], including at any event or any location related to work [organization’s functions], and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known would cause offence or harm. It comprises objectionable act(s), comment(s) or display(s) that demean, belittle, or cause personal humiliation or embarrassment, and any act of intimidation or threat. It also includes harassment within the meaning of the Canadian Human Rights Act (i.e. based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability and pardoned conviction).” (www.Canada.ca)
Harassment may occur synchronously or asynchronously, in person, or distally through telecommunication technology, electronic communications including social media.
Harassment may be intended or unintended. It may be a form of discrimination and can include behaviour such as:
- Verbal abuse in the form of demands, threats, gestures, innuendo, unwelcome remarks, jokes, or slurs;
- Spreading malicious gossip or rumours;
- Physical or sexual assault or taunting about a person’s body, clothing, habits, customs or mannerisms; inappropriate or unwelcome focus or comments on a person’s physical characteristics and/or mental health;
- Any inappropriate behaviour directed at or offensive to any individual;
- Any inappropriate use of authority or position by an individual with implicit power to undermine or maltreat others and/or to sabotage their volunteering, training or competition efforts. It may be blatant or subtle and can include such acts as intimidation, threats, blackmail and coercion.
Allegations of violations of this policy will be investigated. If substantiation exists, the following are possible actions that may be implemented:
- For all parties (Directors, Shareholders, Employees, Contractors, Employees, Clients, Volunteers): Discussion of violation and verbal or written warning with apology and reconciliation sought.
- For Clients: Termination of services provided to the client and removal from future service offerings. Prorated refund based on work completed to date will be provided if service contract is not fully complete. If offensive behaviour(s) occur during a sanctioned agility event, a report shall be filed with the sanctioning organization for their consideration and action.
- For Contractors: Termination of contract and removal of consideration for future contract opportunities. Payment of services shall be based on services rendered up to the point of contract termination, unless contract specifies otherwise.
- For Agility Judge Contractors: If offensive behaviour(s) occur during a sanctioned trial, a report shall be submitted to the sanctioning organization for their consideration and action.
- For Volunteers: Volunteers will be reprieved of volunteer duties. If offensive behaviour(s) occur during a sanctioned agility trial, a report shall be submitted to the sanctioning organization for their consideration and action.