ProjectTHISNG is committed to providing a safe environment for all its Employees, Staff, Guests, Volunteers, as well as Tabletop games Expos and conference attendees free from discrimination on any ground and from harassment at work including sexual harassment. ProjectTHISNG will operate a zero tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment in the running, operations and enjoyment of the gaming Convention, Expo, and events, treat all incidents seriously and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment.
Harassment is generally any behavior that alarms, threatens, or excessively annoys another person or group. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments [related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion], sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and false accusations of harassment. Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply Immediately.
Your right not to be harassed is not a right not to be offended. All of us have different things that
we find offensive. If you are offended, the best solution may be for you to walk away from the
person who offends you. Should that person pursue you and continue to offend you, that could be harassment
We encourage all allegations to be both taken seriously and all information to be provided to the local police and authorities.
Harassment including Sexual is unwelcome conduct of or/including of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. It includes situations where a person is asked to engage in sexual activity as a condition of that person’s employment or continued acceptance and attendance to the event, as well as situations which create an environment which is hostile, intimidating or humiliating for the recipient.
Harassment can involve one or more incidents and actions constituting harassment may be physical, verbal and non-verbal.
Examples of conduct or behaviour which constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
Note: Due to the nature of the many themes and subject matters covered by the board games in both our library and those being sold, demoed, will at times be or fall into some of the topics listed above, it is incumbent upon the players themselves to decide if a game’s theme is appropriate to them and avoid those offensive to them.
Anyone can be a victim of Harassment, regardless of their sex and of the sex of the harasser. ProjectTHISNG recognises that sexual harassment may also occur between people of the same sex. What matters is that the conduct is unwanted and unwelcome by the person against whom the conduct is directed.
ProjectTHISNG recognises that harassment including sexual is a manifestation of power relationships and often occurs within unequal relationships in the running, operations and enjoyment of the gaming Convention, Expo, and events, for example between a manager or supervisor and employee and a games demoing staff and attendees, Sellers and event staff and attendees, Exhibitors, Guest Speakers.
Anyone, including Employees, Staff, Guests, Volunteers, as well as Tabletop games Expos and conference attendees of ProjectTHISNG, clients, customers, casual workers, contractors or visitors who sexually harasses another will be reprimanded in accordance with this policy.
Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
All harassment is prohibited whether it takes place within ProjectTHISNG premises or outside, including at social events, Tabletop Expos, Conventions or Gaming conferences sponsored by or operated by ProjectTHISNG and its staff.
Anyone who is subject to harassment including sexual should, if possible, inform the alleged harasser that the conduct is unwanted and unwelcome. ProjectTHISNG recognises that sexual harassment may occur in unequal relationships (i.e. between ProjectTHISNG staff like a supervisor and his/her employee, Or a Guest Speaker and attendee) and that it may not be possible for the victim to inform the alleged harasser.
If a victim cannot directly approach an alleged harasser, he/she can approach one of the ProjectTHISNG designated staff members and/or Security.
When a designated person receives a complaint of sexual harassment, he/she will:
Note: ProjectTHISNG recognises that because harassment including sexual often occurs in unequal relationships within the running, selling, gaming and enjoyment of the gaming Convention, Expo, and events, victims often feel that they cannot come forward. ProjectTHISNG understands the need to support victims in making complaints.
If the victim wants to make a formal complaint or if the informal complaint mechanism has not led to a satisfactory outcome for the victim, the formal complaint mechanism should be used to resolve the matter.
The designated person who initially received the complaint will refer the matter to a senior member of staff to investigate a formal investigation. A senior manager may deal with the matter him/herself, refer the matter to an internal or external investigator or refer it to a committee of three others in accordance with this policy,
A person who has been subject to sexual harassment can also make a complaint outside of the company. They can do so through their legal representative and local, area police force .
Anyone who has been found to have sexually harassed another person under the terms of this policy is liable to any of the following sanctions:
The nature of the sanctions will depend on the gravity and extent of the harassment. Suitable deterrent sanctions will be applied to ensure that incidents of harassment including sexual are not treated as trivial. Certain serious cases, including physical violence, will result in the immediate dismissal of the harasser.
Exhibitors in the tabletop Conference and expo hall, Sponsor, Traders & Vendor booths, or similar activities are also still subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. These events unless otherwise stated are family friendly ones.
It is a violation of this policy for a member to knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently disregard the truth when making a claim of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Failure to prove a claim of unlawful harassment is not, by itself, equivalent to a false claim. Neither should a thorough investigation to be sure a claim is not being made for other reasons (e.g. political disagreement, competitors, racial bias, gender bias) be taken as assumption of the claim being false.
On the whole we aim to make all our Tabletop games Expos and conferences are both welcoming to (all) regardless of genders, Race, Religion, Physical Ability and ‘may’ include discussion on topics which are blanket prohibited in the Companies anti-harassment policy.
For example, Tabletop games Expos and conferences about supporting geek women, sexual Harassment of game demo staff, Trolling and aggressive stalking in the Gaming Community, How games companies approaches female lines or about social justice will necessarily have discussion about topics banned in the Harassment policy,
Discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome only if it meets all of the following criteria:
ProjectTHISNG will ensure that this policy is widely disseminated to all relevant persons. It will be included in the staff handbook. All new Employees, Staff, Guests, Volunteers, trained on the content of this policy as part of their induction into the company. Tabletop games Expos and conference attendees will also be made aware with notices and relevant links in emails and Terms and Conditions.
Every year, ProjectTHISNG will require all Convention/Expo/Volunteers and Employees, Staff, Guests, Volunteers, as well as Tabletop games Expos and conference attendees to attend a refresher training course on the content of this policy.
It is the responsibility of every manager to ensure that all his/her Employees, Staff, Guests, Volunteers, as well as Tabletop games Expos and conference attendees are aware of the policy.
ProjectTHISNG recognises the importance of monitoring this harassment including sexual policy and will ensure that it anonymously collects statistics and data as to how it is used and whether or not it is effective.
Supervisors, managers and those responsible for dealing with harassment including sexual cases will report on compliance with this policy, including the number of incidents, how they were dealt with, and any recommendations made. This will be done on a yearly basis. As a result of this report, the company will evaluate the effectiveness of this policy and make any changes needed.
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