The Director of the United States Information Agency issued the following policy statement on sexual harassment in the workplace May 26, 1993:

"It is the policy of the United States Information Agency that all employees are entitled to a work environment free of harassment or intimidation. This policy includes sexual harassment which is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

"Unwelcome or uninvited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Such conduct will not be tolerated and may be subject to disciplinary action.

"All managers and supervisors will be held responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from sexual harassment and that appropriate action is taken when allegations of violations of this policy are brought to their attention.

"Any USIA employee found to have engaged in sexual harassment in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

"Any employee who feels he or she is being sexually harassed should contact an EEO Counselor or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights immediately by calling (202) 619-5151. Off-duty messages may be left on a confidential telephone line at (202) 619-5158.

"I want to assure all employees that it is my firm policy that sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated or condoned in any way."


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