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MEMORANDUM. Policy Statement on Prohibition of Sexual Harassment

SUBJECT: Policy Statement on Prohibition of Sexual Harassment

TO: All Employees

Our Agency is committed to maintaining a work environment governed by responsible, efficient, and ethical management. To ensure such a commitment, we all need to know the policies and guidelines prohibiting sexual harassment. Any behaviors which weaken our ability to lead and manage our people and programs are unacceptable in our work place.

Sexual harassment is a prohibited personnel practice contrary to merit system principles outlined in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and contrary to law outlined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, sexual harassment is deliberate, or repeated, unsolicited verbal comments, gestures, or physical contacts of a sexual nature which are unwelcome. Such sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other harassment when: (1) they are made explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment; (2) submission to, or rejection of them, affects employment decisions impacting an individual, such as promotion or work assignments; or (3) they unreasonably interfere with an individual's work performance or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Any behavior which undermines the integrity of the employment relationship, impairs morale or interferes with employee productivity is a violation of ethical conduct in our Agency.

This memorandum constitutes the official policy regarding sexual harassment at the Environmental Protection Agency. We all share in the responsibility to promote a climate free from sexual harassment.

/s/ Carol M. Browner

Issued: June 1, 1993

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