New Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy for Executive Branch, Elections, Assessments and Sheriff’s employees

Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams has launched King County’s new Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct Policy, effective July 1, 2018, which applies to employees in Executive Branch departments, Elections, Assessments and the Sheriff’s Office.

“Through our Investing in YOU initiative, we are building a workplace culture that is respectful and supportive of all employees and the unique skills, experiences and perspectives that each of us brings to King County.,” Abrams said in an email to employees. “There is no place for any type of harassment or discrimination in this culture, and our new Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct Policy makes it clear that this type of conduct towards a fellow King County employee will not be tolerated.”

The new policy goes further than our existing policy by also prohibiting inappropriate conduct. Inappropriate Conduct is defined in the policy as “conduct that, while not rising to the level of unlawful discrimination or harassment, communicates a hostile, derogatory or negative message about persons based on protected status. Inappropriate conduct can be either verbal or nonverbal and includes slights, insults and other conduct that a reasonable person would find offensive.”

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Watch this short video to learn more about the new policy and read the policy here. You can also talk to your department’s Human Resources Manager for more information. We are also preparing a training plan so all employees understand the policy, its expectations of us and the process for reporting and following up on incidents.

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