Updated: Jul 5
A message from the Assignor:
In 2022, a few formal and informal complaints have been communicated regarding Unlawful Harassment in the workplace by officials. As a stern reminder, Independent Contractors are subject to city/state/federal laws & policies pertaining to Unlawful Harassment.
The City of Long Beach has mandated that all officials we assign under our contract are made aware of their policy regarding Unlawful Harassment. I am extending this awareness to all of our accounts we service and require verification that you understand state and federal laws pertaining to Unlawful Harassment. Although this does not pertain to the masses, my role is to remind all officials in all sports that we service.
The following is directly from the City of Long Beach’s Policy and Procedures Manual:
3.10 UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS
Unlawful Harassment - Harassment that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work
environment, and occurs because of an employee's protected status (i.e. race, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation), is unlawful.
Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome, not asked for, and not returned. Sexual harassment may consist of any form or combination of verbal, non-verbal, visual, or physical conduct. It needs not be explicit, nor even specifically directed at an individual. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to:
Sexually offensive comments, offers, slurs, innuendoes, leering, ogling, posters, cartoons, or drawings; physical contact such as touching, pinching, or brushing against another's body; or demands for sexual favors.
In conclusion, I encourage all officials to research the legal definitions of Unlawful Harassment as a sincere reminder of when games are officiated before/during/after, that assignment is considered a workplace environment, subject to applicable policies & laws. We are all responsible for our verbiage, actions, gestures, and conduct at all times. Your reputation & legal fees will not do you any favors.
Thank you for your time and indeed this does not apply to the masses, but when our accounts ask us to remind our officials, we professionally oblige.