Non-Discrimination Policy

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Tangleball Policy on Non-Discrimination

This is currently in DRAFT form

Tangleball and its members are committed to the principle that all persons shall have equal access to activities, facilities and materials without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by Tangleball policy and/or applicable laws.

Tangleball policy prohibits discrimination, harassment and bullying against any person because of age, ancestry, colour, disability or handicap, physical appearance, national origin, race, faith, religion, sex, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, gender expression, education status or level, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Tangleball expects that its members and visitors where ever those individuals are participating in Tangleball events or activities, maintain an environment free of discrimination, including harassment, bullying, retaliation or the singling out or targeting an individual or group for different or adverse treatment (e.g. limiting access to resources, special rules for access to the space) because of their protected characteristic (except in the case of unaccompanied minors as necessary for safety reasons).


Definitions:

Discrimination is defined as treating people differently, either preferentially or with adverse impact, because they have similar characteristics or because they are from specific groups, unless differential treatment is essential and directly related to conducting Tangleball activities where no viable, alternative solutions exist.


Harassment is one form of discrimination. Harassment is defined as conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's participation in Tangleball activities or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Harassment occurs when submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's participation in Tangleball activities or used as a basis for decisions affecting that individual’s relationship to Tangleball.

Harassment may include, but is not limited to: unwanted physical contact; use of epithets, inappropriate jokes, comments or innuendos; obscene or harassing telephone calls/texts, e-mails, letters, notes or other forms of communication; and any conduct that may create or contribute to a hostile environment.


Bullying is one form of harassment. Bullying consists of waging an ongoing and systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction against an individual or group of individuals that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive and unrelated to Tangleball’s legitimate purpose on the basis of one of the protected classes above.

It tends to be an accumulation of many incidences over a long period of time, including treatment which persistently provokes, pressures, frightens, intimidates or otherwise discomforts another person.


Retaliation is defined as punitive actions taken against persons for exercising their personal rights under the laws in good faith, reporting violations of the laws to the proper authorities (i.e. “whistle-blowing”) and/or participating in administrative or legal proceedings as a plaintiff, complainant, or witness.


Mediation and Enforcement:

Tangleball members shall have the primary responsibility for oversight of this policy including resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation. Any person who believes that they have been the victim of discrimination or harassment should notify any member through any means they choose (including any anonymous means if so desired) and that member is required to raise the issue via the normal channels or appropriate channels as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be announced via the mailing list and discussed fully at the next weekly meeting, if not sooner. Discretion should be exercised so as not to exacerbate the situation or place the concerned individual under unwanted further pressure or discomfort. Complaints and concerns can also be emailed to contact@tangleball.org.nz which is typically monitored by several members.

An investigation shall be conducted to reach a determination on the merits of allegations. Such an investigation may be conducted by Tangleball members, legal counsel, volunteers, private investigators, or other individuals deemed qualified to do so. If there is evidence of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and/or retaliation, the members of Tangleball shall make every reasonable effort to ensure the discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation immediately stops and does not recur. The complainant shall be informed of the corrective measures taken. Disciplinary sanctions for violation of policy, which may range from disciplinary warning to expulsion from Tangleball, may be imposed in accordance with applicable Tangleball rules and policies.

Tangleball prohibits retaliation and discourages any behaviour that might be perceived as retaliatory in nature. Retaliation shall constitute a separate violation and may result in a sanction independent of the outcome of a complaint.

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