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Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Anti-Harassment Policy


I want to ensure every Sailor and Civilian assigned to the Pacific Submarine Force, understands that sexual harassment, or any actions which demean the dignity of any person, will not be tolerated in this command. I expect everyone, regardless of title or position, to set the example and lead in the areas of equality and fair treatment thereby protecting the dignity and human worth of every individual with whom we come in contact.

Sexual harassment or any form of harassment seriously degrades team performance and is a detriment to productivity, morale, cohesion, and readiness. If we are to maintain a workplace that encourages Sailors and Civilians to reach their full potential, each of us must take an active role in the prevention and elimination of non-sexual or sexual harassment.

Although not a requirement, I strongly encourage individuals who are harassed to make it clear to the offender that their behavior is offensive and must stop. Sailors may use the Informal Resolution System (IRS), request Captain's Mast or file a formal report by contacting their respective Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Officer or the Force Command Climate Specialist (CCS) ABFCS (AW/SW) Horton (808) 473-0826/ antonio.horton@navy.mil.

Civilians may use the Navy's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, file a discrimination complaint pursuant to 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1614 or 10 United States Code Section 1561, use the negotiated grievance procedure, if applicable, or the administrative grievance procedure by contacting the appropriate servicing Equal Employment Opportunity Department or Labor and Employee Relations Division..

My policy requires us to protect any individual who reports actual or suspected incidents of harassment from retaliation. I strongly encourage every Sailor and Civilian to bring to my personal attention any suspected acts of reprisal.

I expect each of you, Sailor and Civilian alike, to enforce this policy at all times and I encourage all of you to support each other in ensuring that our organization is a model of fair and professional treatment for all personnel.

-- Rear Admiral B. L. Converse, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet