Sexual Harassment Is Illegal
And Is Prohibited by The Connecticut Discriminatory Employment Practices Act (Section 46a-60(A)(8) Of The Connecticut General Statutes and Title Vii Of
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 United States Code Section 2000e Et. Sec.)
Sexual Harassment means “any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when:
1) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of any individual’s employment or education;
2) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; or
3) Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.”
Examples of Sexual Harassment include: unwelcome sexual advances, suggestive or lewd remarks, unwanted hugs, touches, kisses, requests for sexual favors, retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment; derogatory or pornographic posters, cartoons, drawings, or email messages.
Remedies for Sexual Harassment may include: cease and desist orders, back pay, compensatory damages, hiring, promotion or reinstatement. Individuals who engage in acts of sexual harassment may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or employment or expulsion from the college, and civil and criminal penalties.
Quinebaug Valley Community College is strongly committed to providing a workplace free of harassment and discrimination and investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination. Any employee in violation of these policies is subject to disciplinary action up to termination; any student is subject to expulsion. Complaints or concerns regarding sexual harassment may be reported by filing a grievance with:
- Employee and Visitor complaints: Karla Desjardins, Assistant Director of Human Resources, 860.932.4106
- Student complaints: John Lewis, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services 860.932.4115
If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you may also contact: The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, telephone 860 541-3400 or 800 477-5737. Connecticut law requires that a formal written complaint be filed with the Commission within 180 days of the date when the alleged harassment occurred.