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Village adopts sexual harassment policy

Thursday, January 25, 2018

In order to meet new mandates required by the Illinois legislature, the Village approved a new sexual harassment policy at the December 18, 2017, meeting. The law, known as the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, requires municipalities implement sexual harassment policies or update existing policies by January 15, 2018.

The policy prohibits sexual harassment, which is defined within the state law. It also offers details on how individuals can report an allegation of sexual harassment. There is a provision for prohibiting retaliation for reporting sexual harassment allegations, which includes certain whistleblower protections. Lastly, the policy details consequences of violating the sexual harassment policy or for knowingly filing a false report.

Violating the policy, per the ordinance, may result in discipline, including possible termination of employment. In addition, there may be other fines and penalties required by the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

The ordinance requires that current and future employees and officials receive a copy of the policy. Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens wrote the policy — Ordinance No. 2017-27 — which became law after approval by trustees.

Trustee David Wendt said he wanted to ensure that “everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” adding that he was concerned with due process.

“Obviously, we’re just trying to comply with the law,” Village Administrator David Strohl said.

Trustee Bob Gruenewald made the motion, which was seconded by Trustee Jim Peck. The motion carried with one No vote from Trustee Kerstin Trachtenberg.

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