Anti Harassment Policy
Alliance Seattle is committed to maintaining an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to play in an environment free from discriminatory harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, or membership in any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. In keeping with this commitment, Alliance Seattle will not tolerate discriminatory harassment of members at game, or game related activities by anyone. Alliance Seattle is committed to promptly investigating all complaints of discriminatory harassment, and to taking prompt and effective remedial action to stop such conduct from occurring.
Definition and Examples of Discriminatory Harassment
Discriminatory Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, visual or physical, that is based on an individual’s protected status, such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, or membership in any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, that creates an intimidating, coercive, hostile, or offensive environment. Examples of this type of conduct may include, but are not limited to: making slurs or epithets; negative stereotyping; removing accommodations or corrective devices provided to or used by a disabled individual; and excluding individuals from the use of, or making them feel uncomfortable in their use of, facilities because of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, or membership in any other class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Sexual Harassment is a specific type of discriminatory harassment consisting of unwelcome or unwanted sexual attention, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct or a sexual nature or other offensive behavior directed towards a member because of, or on account of, their gender or sexual orientation. Examples of the types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, propositions, flirtations, demands for sexual favors; unwanted and unnecessary physical contact (such as grabbing, rubbing, patting, pinching, touching, or hugging); demands for sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment; display of pornographic material; excessively offensive remarks, including unwelcome graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s body, appearance, dress, sexual prowess or deficiencies; obscene jokes; the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and any other unwelcome or unwanted conduct of sexual nature, such as leering, whistling, staring, name calling.
Alliance Seattle encourages members who believe that they are being harassed to promptly notify the offender(s) that the behavior is unwelcome and must stop immediately.
If a member chooses not to confront the offending individual(s) directly, or in the conduct continues after they have told the individual(s) to stop, the member should immediately inform an Alliance Seattle staff member.
Members who witness or who have information regarding discriminatory harassment are also encouraged to report such information promptly to Alliance Seattle staff.
Alliance Seattle will investigate all allegations of discriminatory harassment in as thorough, prompt, and confidential manner as is reasonably possible. Alliance Seattle will undertake all inquiries with due regard to the privacy of all parties involved consistent with a thorough and appropriate investigation.
Retaliation is Strictly Prohibited
Alliance Seattle will not retaliate against an individual who, in good faith, makes a report of discriminatory harassment or provides information concerning an act of discriminatory harassment, nor permit any member to do so. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and will not be tolerated. Persons who engage in retaliatory activity are in direct violation of this policy and will be disciplined accordingly, up to and including immediate suspension. Complaints and information of retaliation are subject to the same reporting, investigation, and remedial procedures as harassment complaints.
Resolving the Complaint
If Alliance Seattle determines that a member has violated this policy against discriminatory harassment and retaliation, disciplinary action will be taken commensurate with Alliance Seattle’s judgement as to the seriousness of the particular offense, up to and including immediate suspension or banning. Disciplinary action imposed on an member may include, without limitation, one or more of the following: a verbal and/or written reprimand; temporary suspension; or an indefinite ban.
While this policy sets forth Alliance Seattle’s standards for promoting a game that is free from discriminatory harassment, this policy does not limit Alliance Seattle’s authority or ability to discipline or take any other remedial action for game conduct determined to be inappropriate, regardless of whether the conduct meets the definition of discriminatory harassment.
Alliance Seattle is committed to enforcing this policy in order to ensure that all members are able to enjoy a game that is free from discriminatory harassment and retaliation. It is expected that all members will be committed to making this policy a success.
How to File a Sexual Harassment Report
The physical and emotional safety of those who participate in our community is of the utmost importance to us. The intent of this policy is to provide a clear process through which a sexual harassment report can be lodged, along with an outline of what to expect.
NEW - Sexual Harassment and Safety Team
Each Sexual Harassment report, whether Formal or Informal, will be handled by two (2) specifically trained staff members on our Sexual Harassment and Safety Team. The reporter has the option to select the two (2) staff members of their choice from the below list. If you do not wish to choose, we will select a team of two (2) for you. These two (2) staff members will have completed trainings on how to handle Sexual Harassment reports within two(2) months of the publication of this policy and/or of accepting the position of Alliance Seattle Player Representative.
- Lauren Hagen (Player Representative)
- Tony Mungo (Player Representative)
- Chantell Wagner (Player Representative & Head of the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team)
- Evan Rawson (Player Representative)
- Emily Shettel (Owner & General Manager)
Formal vs. Informal Report
In order to best accommodate the boundaries and comfort of those who are reporting sexual harassment, we allow two types of reports: Formal and Informal. Either type of report will always involve at least two (2) members of our Sexual Harassment and Safety Team.
An Informal Report can be provided by the person(s) directly involved, a 3rd party, or anonymously. An informal report will not result in an investigation, and the specifics of the report will remain as confidential as desired between the person lodging the complaint, the two Alliance Seattle staff members assigned to the report, and the Alliance Seattle owner. General information may be shared with other Alliance Seattle staff members, with consent from the person(s) directly involved, the reporter, or as it directly pertains to the staff members responsibilities to the chapter. Any Alliance Seattle Staff Member found in violation of this confidentiality will be removed from their staff position. All anonymous reports will be handled as informal reports and follow this process.
A Formal Report may not be filed anonymously. We will only accept a third party formal complaint with the direct permission of the person who is reported to have experienced the sexual harassment.
Formal Report Process
Contact any member of the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team, and let them know that you would like to file a Formal Complaint. If you are uncertain if you would like to file a formal or informal complaint, the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team can help you navigate through your options.
Once the decision has been made that a complaint is Formal, a second member of the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team will be immediately included in the conversation and apprised of all details. The Owner of the chapter will also be informed.
Whenever a Formal Complaint is lodged, the full Alliance Seattle staff is notified – a negotiation will take place about what information will be shared with the Alliance Seattle staff.
An investigation will begin within 72 hours of receiving a Formal Report.
During the investigation, there will be a no-contact order in place between the accuser and the accused,effective immediately upon receipt of the report, until the conclusion of the investigation.
The two (2) Sexual Harassment and Safety Team Representatives will conduct the investigation. They will endeavor to speak with the person who is reported to have experienced the harassment, the accused, and any witnesses. This team will use all information they have gathered to determine the best course of action. Disciplinary action for Sexual Harassment ranges from a one (1) game suspension, removal of staff positions, up to an indefinite ban.
The Sexual Harassment and Safety Team Representatives will inform the accuser, the accused, and the owner of Alliance Seattle of their decision and any resulting actions.
If either the accuser or the accused would like to appeal the decision, they may do so by contacting a member of the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team and stating that they would like to file an Appeal. If an appeal is requested, a third member of the Sexual Harassment and Safety Team will be assigned to review the appeal in tandem with the original two (2) members. This third member will be selected by the two (2) Sexual Harassment and Safety Team Representatives and the owner of Alliance Seattle. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the final determination.
This policy is not a criminal investigation. If you are the victim of a crime such as sexual assault, we encourage you to contact the authorities.