Sexual Harassment Policy The Ledge Theatre values our volunteers, students, patrons, artists, and staff. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. If you have a concern relating to sexual harassment, please email us
Please see below for further information on The Ledge’s sexual harassment policies and procedures.
Harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, creed, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected by law is a violation of The Ledge Theatre’s policy.
The Ledge Theatre recognizes that harassment undermines morale, mental well being and interferes with productivity and will not be tolerated. This policy applies to and prohibits harassment by everyone at The Ledge Theatre. Violation of The Ledge Theatre’s discrimination and harassment policy by any employee, volunteer, performer, student, teacher or outside contractor will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
No one will be subject to any retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in the investigation of such complaint.
Policy Brief & Purpose
The sexual harassment policy aims to protect all human beings from unwanted sexual advances and give them guidelines to report incidents. The policy will also explain how to handle claims, punish sexual harassment, and help victims recover. The Ledge Theatre will not tolerate sexual harassment in any space in our theatre in any shape or form. The Ledge Theatre’s culture is based on mutual respect and collaboration. Sexual harassment is a serious violation of those principles.
This policy applies to every person at The Ledge Theatre regardless of gender, sexual orientation, level, function, seniority, status or other protected characteristics. The Ledge Theatre is obliged to comply with this policy.
Also, The Ledge Theatre won’t tolerate sexual harassment from inside or outside of the company. Employees, investors, contractors, audience members, and everyone interacting with our theatre are covered by the present policy.
Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against or sexually harassed should report the alleged act immediately. The Ledge Theatre will use an independant representive in Los Angeles for conflict/resolution.
Anyone wishing to file a formal complaint may contact us with the subject line HARASSMENT COMPLAINT
After reviewing the complaint, our independant representative will determine the appropriate level of corrective response and partner only with those who have a legitimate business need to know. They will determine the appropriate level of corrective response, which may include, but is not limited to education, an apology, documentation of formal or informal coaching, removal of the alleged perpetrator from involvement at The Ledge Theatre, termination participation at The Ledge, referral to local authorities, or other corrective action.
The complainant and the subject of the investigation will be informed, where appropriate, of the findings of the investigation
Sexual harassment has many forms of variable seriousness. A person sexually harasses someone when they:
This is because such actions can harm a person’s professional reputation and expose them to further harassment.
The most extreme form of sexual harassment is sexual assault. This is a serious crime and The Ledge Theatre will support anyone who want to press charges against offenders and will go insomuch to testify in court.
The Goal We seek to understand sexual harassment as it pertains to our theatre, provide procedures to prevent it, and outline recourse when it occurs.
We recognize the potential for harassment in rehearsal, during performance, and outside the theatre among participants, staff, board, and audience members.
We acknowledge theatre environments can court confusion about the difference between chemistry, artistic freedom, and harassment; we believe participants can be bold and live "in the moment" of theatrical material while maintaining, fellow participants' safety, and agreed-upon boundaries.
The Standard Clear boundaries should be established and agreed upon among all participants involved, both in classes, rehearsals and performance, particularly in scenes depicting violence, sex, intimate contact, abuse, or gestures of intimacy. For reference, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is described as follows:
In a theatrical context, harassment can be additionally defined as one or a series of comments or conduct of a gender-related or sexual nature outside the boundaries of consent or production content, which is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome/unwanted, offensive, intimidating, hostile, or inappropriate. It is worth noting that the higher the emotional/sexual risk a production asks of its artists, the greater the diligence of each member of production and artistic staffs is needed to foster an environment of emotional safety.
Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to:
Participants Have the Right to be Free From:
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