The NOWCC ACES Program has a policy of promoting an appropriate work environment for Enrollees. It is not suitable for an Enrollee to be subjected to harassment, poor sanitation, dangerous conditions, and lack of proper instruction on how to perform the assignment or unresolved personal conflicts that interfere with assignment completion.
Enrollees experiencing difficulties should follow this procedure:
The NOWCC ACES Program is operated and administered in full recognition of, and in compliance with, the intent of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.
Sexual and other forms of workplace harassment based upon race, age, sex, national origin, disability or religion will not be tolerated by the NOWCC ACES Program. All complaints made will be investigated promptly, fairly and thoroughly. The NOWCC ACES Program is responsible for investigating claims made by Enrollees as well as claims made against Enrollees. Harassment is a form of discrimination and is an unlawful workplace practice as interpreted by the courts under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Sexual harassment involves behavior with sexual overtones which is unwelcome. It may include verbal behavior such as offensive comments, suggestions, jokes, sex-oriented labels or pressure for sexual favors. Sexual harassment may also include physical behavior such as touching, feeling, patting or deliberate brushing against others in a sexual manner. Verbal or physical conduct constitutes harassment when any or all of the following occur:
To file a complaint of harassment:
Step 1. The Enrollee should confront the person who is being accused of harassment, state the nature of the offending activity, say that it is unwelcome and that it must stop.
Step 2. If the Enrollee is uncomfortable confronting the person accused of harassment, the assistance of the Monitor and/or NOWCC Field Office may be requested.
NOTE: IN MANY INSTANCES ONE OF THE ABOVE COURSES MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO END THE MATTER WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A FORMAL COMPLAINT. HOWEVER, THIS WILL NOT PRECLUDE A DECISION TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION IN SITUATIONS WHERE MANAGEMENT OR THE HARASSED ENROLLEE BELIEVES THIS STEP IS NECESSARY.
Step 3. If the Enrollee is accusing a Monitor of harassment, the assistance of the NOWCC Field Office may be requested.
Step 4. If the above mentioned informal attempts to resolve the situation are not satisfactory, the Enrollee should submit a written complaint to the NOWCC Field Office who will be responsible for investigating the complaint and responding to the Enrollee in a reasonable period of time.
Step 5. If the Enrollee initiating the complaint feels that the situation is still unresolved, he/she may appeal concerns within a reasonable period of time to the NOWCC Field Director, whose decision can be appealed to the NOWCC President and CEO, whose decision will be final.
NOWCC ACES Program Enrollees are paid from federal funds and may participate freely in the political process with the following exceptions:
Questions may be directed to your NOWCC Field Office.