It is the policy of Los Angeles Unified School District to maintain a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment of or by employees or students is a form of gender discrimination in that is constitutes differential treatment on the basis of gender, and, for that reason, is a violation of state and federal laws of this policy.
The District considers sexual harassment to be a major offense which can result in disciplinary action to the offending employee or the suspension or expulsion of the offending student. Suspension or expulsion as a disciplinary consequence for sexual harassment shall not apply to students enrolled in kindergarten and grades on thought three, inclusive.
The California Education Code Section 212.5 defines sexual harassment as any verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the works or education setting, under the following conditions:
- Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or progress.
- Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
- The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
- Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal conduct such as suggestive, derogatory comments, sexual innuendos, slurs, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations, or comments; or spreading rumors about or rating others as to sexual activity or performance.
- Visual conduct such as displays of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters, written material, cartons, or drawings; graffiti of s sexual nature; or use of obscene gestures.
- Physical conduct such as unwanted touching, pinching, kissing, patting, hugging, blocking of normal movement, assault, or interference with work or study directed at an individual because of the individual's gender.
- Threats and demands or pressure to submit to sexual requests in order to keep a job or academic standing or to avoid other loss, and offers of benefits in return for sexual favors.
- Retaliation for opposing, reporting, threatening to report or participate in an investigation or proceeding on a claim of sexual harassment.
For further assistance (with student concerns), contact Deanne Neiman, Director, Educational Equity Compliance, at (213)229-5900.
For further assistance ( with employee concerns), contact the Equal Opportunity Section, at (213) 633-7735.