Sexual Harassment defined:
"Sexual harassment is illegal. It is defined by law as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature."
University Policy and Procedure # 380 - 12
Quid pro quo
- Demanding sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or raise.
- Disciplining or firing a subordinate after ending a romantic relationship.
- Changing performance expectations after a subordinate refuses repeated requests for a date.
Where verbal, visual, or physical behavior in the workplace: 1) focuses on the sexuality of another person occurs because of the person's gender; 2) is unwanted or unwelcome; and 3) is severe or pervasive enough to affect the person's work environment.
The following are examples of behaviors that can create a hostile environment if they are unwanted and uninvited:
- Off color jokes or teasing
- Comments about body parts or sex life, sexual orientation
- Sexual innuendoes
- Use of profanity
- Repeated requests for dates
- Excessive attention in the form of love letters, telephone calls or gifts
- Suggestive pictures, posters, calendars or cartoons
- Offensive emails, screen savers, computer material
- Leering, stares or gestures
- Invading another person's "space"
- Touching - brushes, pats, hugs, shoulder/back rubs or pinches
Circumstances of sexual harassment
- The victim or harasser may be a woman or a man.
- The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be the victim's:
- An agent of the employer
- A supervisor in another area
- A non-employee
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct. Example is having to overhear a sexually explicit conversation.
- Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim. This does not have to result in loss of promotion or being fired. The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome. The harasser is told that his/her conduct is not appreciated.
What can you do?
There are many options for resolving a sexual harassment complaint. One option the University offers is a confidential informal review process to resolve allegations of sexual harassment. This process attempts to resolve your issues or concerns at an informal level. A request for review must be filed within 365 calendar days from the date the complainant knew of the sexual harassment. For additional options, questions, advice, and more information contact:
Office of Equal Opportunity, Sexual Harassment, Mediation & Support Services
2nd Floor, Ticon III
(916) 734-2259 or Hotline (916) 734-2255
(ALL CALLS ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL)
Human Resources Contacts
- Cindy Oropeza, manager firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Davis Health System Sexual Harassment Advisors:
- Celia Buckley, Pediatric Cardiology
Phone: (916) 734-3456
- An DeYoung
PCN Operations: (916) 734-5558
- Cheryle Kerksieck
Department of Internal Medicine: (916) 734-5087
- Michael Person, Telecommunications
Department Phone: (916) 734-5172
- Teresa Porter
Compliance Office: Phone: (916) 734-5762
- Carol Randall, Management Services Officer
Medical Sciences Planning & Marketing
Phone: (916) 734-9063
- Michelle Villegas-Frazier
Office of Medical Education: (530) 752-7979
Equal Opportunity, Sexual Harassment, Mediation, & Support Services
|Rm. 2200, Ticon III, 2nd Floor||(916) 734-5335|
|Confidential Sexual Harassment Hotline||(916) 734-2255|
|Discrimination Hotline||(916) 734-3000|
Employee & Labor Relations
|Ticon, 3rd Floor||(916) 734-3362|
Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)
|Ticon, 3rd Floor||(916) 734-2727|