“EIGHTBALLERS” SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICY
1. Purpose. To set HSC-8 policy on Sexual Harassment.
2. Defined. Sexual Harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s job, pay, or career, or
b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person, or
c. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment
3. Policy. The U.S. Navy and HSC-8 are committed to maintaining a work environment free from unlawful discriminatory practices und inappropriate behavior In support of this commitment, it is HSC-8 policy that:
a. Sexual harassment is prohibited. All EIGHTBALLERS will be provided a work environment free from unlawful discrimination which includes sexual harassment Off—duty or non-duty behaviors that affect the military workplace may also be considered to be sexual harassment.
b. Individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed shall be provided the opportunity to seek resolution and redress. Those in supervisory positions shall ensure that notification of sexual harassment can be made in a command climate that does not tolerate acts of reprisal, intimidation, or further acts of harassment.
4. Action/Responsibllity. Al1 reported incidents of sexual harassment shall be investigated and resolved at the lowest appropriate level. The nature of the investigation will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances and may consist of an informal inquiry where that action is sufficient to resolve factual issues. All incidents shall be resolved promptly and with sensitivity. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.
5. Conclusion. Sexual harassment is unbecoming of the professionalism principle in the HSC-8 Command Philosophy. No EIGHTBALLER shall be subject to a hostile or abusive work environment in which they feel threatened and compromised. Sexual harassment leads to loss of productivity, readiness, lower morale and loss of personal, organizational and public trust. Every Sailor must be afforded an environment that allows them to become a productive, contributing member of HSC-8 free of sexual harassment.
“EIGHTBALLERS” EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (EO) POLICY
1. Purpose. To set HSC-8 policy on Equal Opportunity.
2. Defined. Equal Opportunity is the right of all persons to participate in, and benefit from programs and activities for which they are qualified. These programs and activities shall be free from social, personal, or institutional barriers that prevent people from rising to the highest level of responsibility possible. Persons shall be evaluated on individual merit, fitness, and capability, regardless of race, religion, color, gender, or national origin.
3. Policy. It is Department of the Navy and HSC-8 policy that:
a. Unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, color, gender, or national origin is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
b. It is the responsibility of every EIGHTBALLER to ensure that unlawful discrimination does not occur in any form at any level. Every Sailor has the responsibility to make leadership aware of each violation of this policy.
4. Action/Responsibility. The command triad shall be informed immediately of any allegation of unlawful discrimination or Equal Opportunity complaint in the command. Informal complaints will be handled through the Informal Resolution System and formal complaints will be fully investigated to determine if the case is substantiated or unsubstantiated. Violations will be handled with swift and immediate disciplinary action, as will those attempting to discredit another through false accusation. HSC-8’s point of contact for the Equal Opportunity Program and Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) program can be found in the Plan of the Month.
5. Conclusion. Violations of Equal Opportunity are unbecoming of the HSC-8 Command Philosophy because it is unprofessional and brings harm against our greatest asset: The HSC-8 Sailor. Unlawful discrimination undermines and diminishes the command’s ability to function in an effective manner. Discrimination can destroy an EIGHTBALLER’S confidence and trust in his/her shift, workcenter, and department eroding cohesion and combat readiness. Every Sailor must be afforded an equal opportunity to become a productive, contributing member of HSC-8.
“EIGHTBALLERS” FRATERNIZATION POLICY
1. Purpose. To set HSC-8 policy on fraternization.
2. Defined. Fraternization is the term used to identify personal relationships which contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships. Although it has most commonly been applied to officer-enlisted relationships, fraternization also includes improper relationships and social interaction between officer members as well as between enlisted members.
3. Policy. Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members which are unduly familiar and do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited and violate the customs and traditions of naval service. Similar relationships which are unduly familiar between officers or between enlisted members of different rank or grade may also be prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature that would bring discredit upon naval service. Prejudice to good order and discipline or discredit to the naval service may result from, but are not limited to, circumstances which:
a a. Call into question a senior’s objectivity.
b b. Result in actual or apparent preferential treatment.
c c. Undermine the authority of a senior.
d b. Compromise the chain of command.
4. Action/Responsibility. Fraternization is a behavior that will not be tolerated or condoned at HSC-8 because it can ruin command morale and runs contrary to the customs and traditions of naval service. The chain of command will be used to resolve cases of fraternization at the lowest level possible within the command. Supervisors will ensure that all cases of fraternization are dealt with swiftly, fairly, and effectively. The offending action will be addressed by taking appropriate action to include: counseling, issuing letters of instruction, comments on fitness reports or performance evaluations, reassignment, or Captain’s Mast.
5. Conclusion. Fraternization is conduct unbecoming of the professionalism principle in the HSC-8 Command Philosophy. People are judged by appearances and actions and therefore EIGHTBALLERS shall aim to conduct business beyond reproach. If there is question as to whether a relationship crosses the fraternization threshold, assume it does and seek out the chain of command for counseling.