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Harassment Policy

1. Purpose
 
Devoted Hearts Care (hereinafter referred to as Company is committed to providing an environment for our members, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and persons served by the Company ("Covered Persons") that is comfortable, safe, and free from harassment of any kind. Any type of harassment is a violation of this policy and may be illegal. 
 
2. Definition
 
Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, the following: words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical contact, or violence. Harassment does not have to be sexual in nature. Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature when such conduct creates an intimidating environment or prevents an individual from effectively performing the duties of his or her position or when such conduct is made a condition of employment or compensation, either implicitly or explicitly. It is not the intent of the behavior by the offender that determines if harassment has occurred but whether the behavior is welcome by the receiver. 
 
3. Responsibility
 
A covered person is responsible for helping keep our work environment free of harassment, including the work environment of the Company's Clients with whom you have contact. If you become aware of an incident of harassment, whether by witnessing the incident or being told of it, you must report it to the Chief Executive Officer. When the Company becomes aware of harassment, it is obligated by law to take prompt and appropriate action, regardless of whether the victim wants the Company to do so. 
 
4. Complaint Procedure
 
Any Covered Person who believes that he or she has suffered harassment in violation of the Harassment Policy should take the following action: 
 
a. If you are able to do so without conflict or danger, tell the harasser as clearly as possible that the behavior is unwelcome; 
 
b. If you feel that your supervisor or person to whom you report is not taking the complaint seriously, the Covered Person may report such to the Chief Executive Officer. Upon receiving such a Complaint, the Person or Department will investigate the complaint and recommend appropriate steps, including corrective disciplinary action, that should be taken to secure and maintain an environment free of any form of harassment. Such person will report to the Company's Board of Directors and the person filing the complaint the action that has been taken, and if no action has been taken, the reason for no action 
 
5. Confidentiality
 
The Company, including all persons to whom a violation of this Harassment Policy has been reported and persons who have become aware of a complaint, must maintain confidentiality to the extent possible given the need to investigate. All complaints shall be considered confidential to the maximum extent possible. 
 
6. Retaliation
 
The Company, or any director, officer, or employee, may not retaliate against any victim or witness who reports a violation of this Harassment Policy. Any person who believes that he or she has been retaliated against should consult a Company official. 

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