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United States Department of the Interior
 
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
http://www.blm.gov/mt
June 29, 2006 
 
In Reply To:  
1400-713 (910) P                                                                                             

EMAIL TRANSMISSION – 6/30/06
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2006-064
Expires: 09/30/07

To:             All Montana/Dakotas Employees
 
From:          State Director
 
Subject:       Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment and Equal Opportunity
 
It is our responsibility to prevent harassment in the workplace, in all its various forms, and ensure a discrimination-free work environment for everyone. It is the policy of BLM to ensure that any type of discrimination or harassment is unacceptable.
 
Harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment, has serious and negative consequences. This type of behavior affects morale, motivation, and job performance. It may result in increased absenteeism, turnover, and loss of productivity. Discriminatory harassment is a serious matter affecting the work life and sometimes the personal life of individuals and others around them. Harassment cannot and will not be tolerated.
 
I want to emphasize that the BLM has a Zero Tolerance policy regarding unlawful harassment and other forms of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (whether or not of a sexual nature), national origin, age, disability, or reprisal. Managers and supervisors must exhibit and encourage appropriate standards of conduct as well as take immediate and appropriate corrective action when incidents are brought to their attention. Employees must take responsibility for their work environment and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Ask yourself, “What could be the impact of my behavior?”
 
I urge you to read the attached policy carefully. You must be aware of and understand your responsibility in providing and maintaining a harassment-free work environment. Each of you is responsible for understanding this policy. Ignorance of the law is no defense for unlawful conduct.
 
If you are experiencing, or believe you are experiencing, discriminatory harassment, immediately contact a supervisor, manager or EEO official.   The Department established a Sexual Harassment Hotline which can be reached at 1-800-208-0328 or Sexual Harassment Hotline@ios.doi.gov. The hotline is available to receive reports of sexual harassment 24 hours a day.
 
If you have questions concerning this information, contact your supervisor, manager, or
Sara Romero-Minkoff, EEO Manager, at 406-896-5180.
 
Signed by: Sandra C. Berain, Acting
 
Authenticated by: Nancy Oliver (MT-910)                    
 
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    1-Policies (2 p)
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