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Executive Order 95-11
March. 15, 1995

WHEREAS, sexual harassment has been defined to be unsolicited and unwelcome overtures or conduct of a sexual nature, either verbal or physical, which adversely affect a person's employment or working environment;

WHEREAS, sexual harassment in the workplace may include, but is not limited to, sexually explicit verbal abuse, displays of pornographic photographs or devices, physical conduct of a sexual nature, or requests for sexual favors which may or may not be accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual's employment status and may involve intimidation by a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex;

WHEREAS, sexual harassment is personally offensive, lowers morale, unreasonably interferes with an employee's productivity and work efficiency and creates an intimidating, hostile, or otherwise harmful work environment for employees;

WHEREAS, sexual harassment is a form of prohibited sex discrimination and is a violation of state and federal laws;

WHEREAS, it is incumbent that all department and agency supervisors to take all necessary steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring; and

WHEREAS, this Administration is committed to providing a work environment which is free from sexual harassment, hostility, intimidation and reprisal of any kind.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOMD, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and consistent with the provisions Title VII or the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and of R.I. Gsn. Laws §28-5-7, do hereby prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace and order the following:

I. The State Equal Opportunity Office shall be responsible for:

A. Providing a program of orientation to all State employees concerning the nature of sexual harassment, methods by which it may be prevented and eliminated, and avenues through which victims may seek assistance;

B. Upon request and subject to the budgetary constraints of the Equal Opportunity Office, providing an orientation program to all companies doing business in the State of Rhode Island; and

C. Promptly investigating and resolving all complaints of sexual harassment brought to the attention of the Stats Equal Opportunity Office.

II. The head of each State agency, Board, Commission and State educational institution shall be rssponsible for:

A. Incorporating a statement of policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace into the affirmative action plan;

B. Briefing supervisory personnel on the problems and consequences of sexual harassment and their role in taking corrective action; and

C. Encouraging each person in his/her employ to attend the sexual harassment orientation presented by the State Equal Opportunity Office,

This Executive Order shall supersede and rescind Executive Order Ho. 91-39, and take effect immediately.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond