Harassment

  
  


All cycling participants are entitled to respectful treatment at all times during any sport oriented activity.  Respectful treatment means being treated honestly and professionally, with your unique talents and perspectives valued.  A respectful workplace is about more than compliance with the law; it is a working environment that is free of inappropriate behaviors of all kinds and harassment because of age, mental or physical disability, marital status, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Definition


Harassment includes any pattern of physical and/or non-physical behaviors that (i) are intended to cause fear, humiliation, or annoyance, (ii) offend or degrade, (iii) create a hostile environment, or (iv) reflect discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority, or power over an individual participant or group based on age, mental or physical disability, marital status, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity; or (v) any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law.

Examples of harassment prohibited by this policy include, without limitation:
 

1. Physical Offenses

 
  • Behaviors that include hitting, pushing, punching, beating, biting, striking, kicking, choking or slapping a participant
  • Throwing at or hitting a participant with objects including sporting equipment
 

2. Non-Physical Offenses

 
  • Making negative or disparaging comments about a participant’s age, mental or physical disability, marital status, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • Displaying offensive materials, gestures or symbols
  • Withholding or reducing practice time and opportunities to race from an athlete based on his or her age, mental or physical disability, marital status, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity


Exceptions

None

 

Sexual Harassment is another form of harassment prohibited by this Policy. 


Definition


Sexual harassment is any unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the ability to create a hostile or offensive environment.  Sexual harassment is also defined as a form of gender/sex discrimination.

Examples of sexual harassment prohibited by this policy include, without limitation:
 

1. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

 
  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a participant’s participation in an activity; or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a participant is used as the basis for decisions affecting the participant; or
  • Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive such that it limits a participant’s ability to participate in or benefit from a cycling related program or activity or it creates a hostile or abusive environment.


2. Sexual harassment as a form of gender/sex discrimination:

 
  • Acts of verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex/gender

Any conduct of a sexual nature directed by a minor participant toward an adult or by an adult toward a minor participant is presumed to be unwelcome and shall constitute sexual harassment.

While other team members are often the perpetrators of harassment or sexual harassment, it is a violation of this policy if a coach or other responsible adult knows or should know of the harassment or sexual harassment but takes no action to intervene on behalf of the targeted athlete.


Exceptions

Legitimate, non-sexual physical touching or other non-sexual conduct is not sexual harassment.


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