Sexual Harassment

Hearts and Hands Faith in Action
Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Notice

Hearts and Hands Faith in Action (HHFIA) is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination. All employees and volunteers are required to work in a manner that prevents sexual harassment in the workplace.

All employees and volunteers have a legal right to a workplace free from sexual harassment.

What Is "Sexual Harassment"?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is unlawful under federal, state, and (where applicable) local law. Sexual harassment includes harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, self-identified or perceived sex, gender expression, gender identity and the status of being transgender.

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct which is either of a sexual nature, or which is directed at an individual because of that individual's sex when:

  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, even if the reporting individual is not the intended target of the sexual harassment;
  • Such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting an individual's employment.

A sexually harassing hostile work environment includes, but is not limited to, words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation or physical violence which are of a sexual nature, or which are directed at an individual because of that individual's sex. Sexual harassment also consists of any unwanted verbal or physical advances, sexually explicit derogatory statements or sexually discriminatory remarks made by someone which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient, which cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, which interfere with the recipient's job performance.

Sexual harassment also occurs when a person in authority tries to trade job benefits for sexual favors. This can include hiring, promotion, continued employment or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment. This is also called "quid pro quo" harassment.

Any employee who feels harassed should report so that any violation of this policy can be corrected promptly. Any harassing conduct, even a single incident, can be addressed under this policy.

Per New York State Law, Hearts and Hands has a sexual harassment prevention policy in place that protects you. This policy applies to all employees, volunteers, paid or unpaid interns and non-employees in our workplace, regardless of immigration status.

If you believe you have been subjected to or witnessed sexual harassment, you are encouraged to report the harassment to your Coordinator, or Liz McGough so we can take action.

If you have questions and to make a complaint, please contact:

Liz McGough
Hearts and Hands
1412 Sweet Home Rd., Ste 12
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: 716-406-8311 ext. 112

For more information and additional resources, please visit:

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual Harassment Complaint Form