Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harrassment Policy

Anti-discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

Species Revolution is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all its employees and volunteers, free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual abuse and racial discrimination. All employees and organizers, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy.

We want every volunteer and every employee to feel safe and comfortable to speak out against harassment and discrimination. Every allegation of such alienating and abusive behavior will be taken seriously and will be investigated to the fullest extent. Every complaint will be kept confidential except in the case of imminent danger to the complainant or anyone else and in the case where limited disclosure may be required to conduct an investigation. Species Revolution prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or harassment or participates in an investigation of such reports.

Species Revolution will operate a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Species Revolution will cease working with anyone found to be guilty of sexual harassment. Any employee found guilty of sexual harassment will be immediately dismissed from employment. Any supervisor, manager, or organizer found to be guilty of abusing their power to sexually harass a subordinate will be permanently banned from all Species Revolution events and activities. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexuality, age, species, and disability.

Species Revolution is also committed to providing an equal opportunity for advancement. The empowerment of activists is one of our core values and we recognize that true empowerment can only be achieved through an atmosphere of safety and inclusivity


Harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, or that of their relatives, friends or associates, and that: a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities.

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the employer’s premises or circulated in the workplace, on Species Revolution time or using Species Revolution equipment by e-mail, phone (including voice messages), text messages, social networking sites or other means.

Species Revolution recognizes that existing federal and state nondiscrimination laws cannot cover all types of behavior or groups of people. Species Revolution further defines harassment as unwelcome conduct against any person where they feel threatened, publicly humiliated, or intimidated. Species Revolution also recognizes nonhuman animals as persons who are protected by this policy.

Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Humiliation in front of coworkers
  • Repeated unwelcome remarks or jokes
  • Exercising, attempting to exercise, or threatening to exercise physical force against an employee in the workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the employee
  • Comments that promote stereotyping of any of the Protected Classes.
  • Comments related to an employee’s ethnic, racial, or religious affiliation, or their sexual orientation, gender, or age, that are publicly humiliating, offensive, threatening, or that undermine the employee’s role in a professional environment.

Discrimination is the differential treatment of an employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other factor that is legislatively protected in the country in which you work (“Protected Classes”). Per federal law, discrimination is illegal in work-related decisions including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Species Revolution extends the definition of discrimination to include differential treatment of any person with regard to work-related decisions based on any characteristics outside of professional qualifications.

Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal, state and local laws. For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined, as in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines, as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognizes two types of sexual harassment: a) quid pro quo and b) hostile work environment. Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

The workplace is any place where work-related activities are conducted, including, but not limited to, the physical work premises, work-related conferences or training sessions, work-related travel, work-related social functions, such as dinners with donors, and work-related electronic communication, such as email, chat, text, phone calls, and virtual meetings.

Individuals and Conduct Covered

These policies apply to all paid staff, interns, organizers, and independent contractors, whether related to conduct engaged in by fellow employees, volunteers, or by someone not directly connected to Species Revolution (e.g., an outside vendor, consultant or a donor).

Conduct prohibited by these policies is unacceptable in the workplace and in any work-related setting outside the workplace, such as during trips, meetings, and Species Revolution-related social events.