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Chamber Member Code of Conduct

The Chamber does not tolerate unlawful harassment of any of its staff members, Board of Directors, or Chamber members. Any form of harassment which violates federal, state or local law, including, but not limited to harassment related to an individual's race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition (cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), or physical or mental disability is a violation of Chamber policy. For these purposes the term "harassment," includes slurs and any other offensive remarks, jokes, other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct.

In addition to the above listed conduct, harassment and “sexual harassment” can also include the following examples of unacceptable behavior:

  1. Unwanted sexual advances or propositions;

  2. Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors;

  3. Visual conduct—leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters;

  4. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual's body or identity, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations;

  5. Physical conduct such as touching, fondling, assault, impeding or blocking movements; or

  6. Questionable and inappropriate comments, photos, posts, etc. on digital platforms and social media.

Note that this policy is a "zero-tolerance" policy. Any violation of this policy will be treated as a disciplinary matter, regardless of whether it constitutes illegal harassment under the law.

Any Chamber member who feels that he or she is being harassed by a staff member, board member, or other Chamber member should immediately notify the Chairperson of the Chamber, or the Chamber's Legal Counsel. A Chamber staff member will not be penalized in any way for reporting a harassment problem.

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