Sylvania Township trustees have approved three newly revised policies meant to deter anyone involved with the township from creating an unpleasant work environment.
The three seek to establish a workplace environment, “free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment.”
The three policies approved at the most recent meeting of the trustees, replace two written policies that addressed “Violence/bullying in the Workplace,” and “Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment.”
The behaviors addressed are essentially the same, but the anti-bullying policy is now separated from the violence prevention policy.
Oliver Turner, township administrator said the written policies were once meant primarily to apply to Sylvania Township employees, but now specifically include township officials, those in elective office, or others where practicable.
Trustees directed that policies be revised after reviewing a report from an independent attorney concerning a confrontation between Fire Chief Mike Ramm and Trustee John Jennewine in the chief’s office.
Her findings included witness reports of loud voices and the use of vulgar words, Nevertheless, she found that Mr. Jennewine did not violate township policy. She did recommend he be provided training in dealing with difficult employment situations.
Each policy outlines steps to take in order to submit a complaint and the steps the township will take in order to investigate the complaint and make a determination.
Violation of the policies by employees could result in discharge. A violation of the policies by a non-employee or an elected official could result in an action, “practicable and available at law”.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: July 1, 2021
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