Harassment Policy

Central Park Players is committed to maintaining a creative environment that is free of harassment. Harassment of any kind is absolutely prohibited.

All Harassment is Prohibited

CPP policy prohibits harassment based on sex (including sexual harassment, gender harassment and harassment due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions) and harassment based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, body type, marital status, age, sexual orientation or any other status protected by federal or state law or local ordinance or regulation. All such harassment is unlawful. Central Park Players’ policy applies to all persons involved in the operation of CPP (cast, crew, volunteers, etc.) and prohibits unlawful harassment by any volunteer of CPP, including production staff and cast.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that adversely affects the volunteer/staff member or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Physical, unwelcome touching;
  • Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments;
  • Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings or gestures;
  • Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment, or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment benefits in return for sexual favors;
  • Inappropriate conduct or comments consistently targeted at only one gender, even if the content is not sexual;
  • Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report sexual harassment.

This behavior is unacceptable.

All Central Park Players Volunteers and Staff Must Follow This Policy

No volunteer or staff member, up to and including the production director and/or board president, has the right or authority to offer any benefits, including, but not limited to, tangible items, whether organization-related, such as roles or positions, or non-organization-related, such as gifts, trips, or any other item, in exchange for sexual favors. In the event a volunteer or staff member receives an offer in exchange for sexual favors, that person should immediately notify their director, or in the event their director is the person making the offer, the volunteer or staff member should immediately contact the incident investigation committee.

Reporting Policy Violations

If you experience or observe conduct which you believe is in violation of this policy, you must inform your director or the incident investigation committee of your concern. The organization will immediately investigate any allegation of harassment, and it will take prompt and effective remedial action to remedy the harassment. To the extent possible, the confidentiality of both the complaining party and the harasser will be protected during the investigation process. At the conclusion of the investigation, the complaining party will be informed about the conclusions of the investigation, as well as an opportunity to discuss future procedures.

Harassment will not be tolerated, and if the investigation substantiates that illegal harassment has occurred, the offending individual shall be disciplined appropriately, up to and including dismissal from current and future work on productions or within the organization. Individuals who make false or misleading accusations or statements in the course of an investigation under this policy will be disciplined, up to and including dismissal from current and future work on productions or within the organization.

To report harassment, contact incident@centralparkplayers.org or use the button below complete an online form. Policy violations are sent to a selection of Central Park Players board members who are not directly working on the current production. We will investigate anonymous reports to the best of our ability; however, we highly encourage you to leave contact information so that we may seek additional details or clarification to aid in the resolution of the reported incident.

If you would like to report an incident by phone, please call (616) 229-0530 and leave a message. Please provide your name, phone number and that you would like to report an incident. Please do not leave details of this incident to preserve confidentiality. A member of our incident team will call you to receive more information.