The Richmond Art Center has a long-standing commitment to promoting equal opportunities for all, without regard to race, sex, gender, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis proscribed by law.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, please immediately report the issue to our Executive Director or call our hotline at 510-620-5447 and leave a message for our Board of Directors. Only Board members monitor our hotline. If you leave your name and number (preferred), we will follow up with you, but you can also leave an anonymous message.
Preventing Harassment, Sexual or Otherwise
The Richmond Art Center is committed to providing an environment within which all employees, faculty, students, volunteers and others are treated with respect and that is free of harassment. The Art Center prohibits conduct that is disrespectful, disparaging or unprofessional as well as harassment based on race, color, national origin or ancestry, religious creed, age, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital or family status, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal or state law. All such conduct violates Richmond Art Center policy, whether by any employee of the Art Center, including supervisors and managers, or by Board members, vendors, customers, students, independent contractors including faculty as well as any other persons on the Art Center’s premises or participating in our programs.
Prohibited harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior:
- Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments;
- Visual displays such as derogatory and/or sexually-oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings or gestures;
- Physical conduct including assault, unwanted touching, intentionally blocking normal movement;
- Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment or a benefit of employment; ·
- Retaliation for reporting or threatening to report a violation of this policy;
If you believe you have been the subject of harassment or other prohibited conduct, contact our Executive Director, or the President of the Board of Directors as soon as possible after the incident. It would be best to communicate the details of the incident in writing, but the writing is not mandatory. The Art Center will undertake an effective, thorough and objective investigation of the allegations, including talking to witnesses.
If the Richmond Art Center determines that harassment or other prohibited conduct has occurred, effective remedial action, up to and including termination, will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved. A Richmond Art Center representative will advise all parties concerned of the results of the investigation.
The Richmond Art Center will not retaliate against anyone for filing a complaint and will not tolerate or permit retaliation by employees, instructors or co-workers.