Reports of sexual harassment to appropriate management officials are taken seriously and will be dealt with promptly.The specific action taken in any particular case depends on the nature and gravity of the conduct reported, and may include intervention, mediation, investigation, and the initiation of disciplinary processes as discussed above.The following provisions set forth certain affirmative duties and prohibited actions that will govern the relationship between the representative and us, including matters involving our administrative procedures and fee collections.(2) All representatives must be forthright in their dealings with us and with the claimant and must comport themselves with due regard for the nonadversarial nature of the proceedings by complying with our rules and standards, which are intended to ensure orderly and fair presentation of evidence and argument.Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality.To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.All employees are subject to the Department's Zero Tolerance Policy of Discrimination and Harassment.Individuals who violate this policy may be subject to discipline ranging from a written warning up to and including discharge or other appropriate sanction.
(2) Assist the claimant in complying, as soon as practicable, with our requests for information or evidence at any stage of the administrative decisionmaking process in his or her claim.
Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.
Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following: Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment in the workplace.
(1) All attorneys or other persons acting on behalf of a party seeking a statutory right or benefit must, in their dealings with us, faithfully execute their duties as agents and fiduciaries of a party.
A representative must provide competent assistance to the claimant and recognize our authority to lawfully administer the process.