Irish American Writers & Artists’ Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination

    A. Irish American Writers & Artists’ Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

    Irish American Writers & Artists (IAW&A) is committed to ensuring that all of our events, whether in-person or virtual, consist of a discrimination-free and harassment-free environment that maintains each person’s equality, dignity and respect.  

    In keeping with this commitment, IAW&A strictly disapproves of any form of discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is specifically prohibited by this policy.

    Because of IAW&A’s strong disapproval of offensive or inappropriate sexual behavior at any of our events, all members, attendees, artists and performers at our events must avoid any actions towards each other and employees of the venues where our events are held which could be viewed as sexual harassment, and must avoid from engaging in any conduct which could be viewed as sexual harassment. Any sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated if it occurs at an IAW&A event.

    Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to either: (1) limit the legitimate exercise of free speech, including but not limited to written, graphic, or verbal expression that can be reasonably demonstrated to serve legitimate educational or artistic purposes, or (2) infringe upon the artistic freedom of any member of the IAW&A community.

    B. Harassment

    Harassment is unwelcome and hostile, verbal, physical, or visual conduct toward an individual because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

    C. Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual or sex-based behavior.

    The types of behaviors that constitute sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:

    • derogatory, vulgar, or graphic written or oral statements regarding one’s sexuality, gender or sexual experience; or
    • requests for sexual acts or favors; or
    • unnecessary touching, patting, pinching or attention to an individual’s body; or
    • physical assault; or
    • other verbal or physical conduct of a harassing nature.

    A simple rule to follow is: “if in doubt, don’t do it.”

    D. Complaint procedure/Dealing with violations

    Anyone who has a complaint of sexual harassment related to actions or conduct that they experience at one of our events or anyone who is aware of harassment that may have taken place at one of our events, should bring the problem to the attention of a member of the Board of Directors as soon as possible. 

    The names of all current Board members to whom you may report any complaint of sexual harassment can be found at https://iamwa.org/the-board. The Board may be contacted at the following email address: iawritersandartists@gmail.com.

    All complaints of harassment or inappropriate conduct will be promptly handled by the Board. To the extent possible, the privacy of the complaining party and the person accused of sexual harassment will be respected, in order to protect the privacy of the persons involved, consistent with the need to fairly investigate and correct the problem. Investigation may include interviews with the parties involved in the incident, and if necessary, with individuals who may have observed the incident or conduct or who have other relevant knowledge.

    IAW&A may retain documentation of all allegations and investigations and will take appropriate corrective actions to remedy violations of this policy.

    Harassment in any form may result in corrective actions, up to and including permanent expulsion from the organization and our events. Corrective actions may include but are not limited to prohibiting the offending person to re-join as a member of the organization, prohibiting the offending person from attending and/or participating in any future events, and other such actions.

    E. Retaliation is prohibited

    No retaliation of any sort by IAW&A will be permitted against a person who has made a sexual harassment complaint or provided information concerning harassment.

    F. Policy enforcement

    IAW&A will make every reasonable effort to ensure that this policy is posted in a manner to ensure that all members, attendees, artists, and performers at our events are aware of this policy and that each complaint received by the Board will be investigated and resolved appropriately. It is IAW&A’s policy to encourage the reporting of all perceived incidents of sexual harassment, regardless of the position of the alleged offender. Every member, attendee, artist and/or performer at our events are also encouraged to raise any questions or concerns regarding this policy with the current Board members. IAW&A will take all steps that are necessary to enforce its policy prohibiting sexual harassment.