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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

July 16, 2007

In Reply To: 
1400-713 (910) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2007-062
Expires: 09/30/08
To:             All Montana/Dakotas Employees
From:          State Director
Subject:       Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment and Equal Opportunity
Program Area: Equal Employment Opportunity

Purpose:   This Instruction Memorandum (IM) outlines the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Montana/Dakotas Organization’s Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment and Equal Opportunity. 

Policy/Action: 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.
Timeframe:  This policy is in effect immediately. 

Budget Impact:  None.

Background:  The BLM Montana/Dakotas is committed to having a workplace that is free of discrimination and retaliation.  Employees must be provided with a suitable environment where they can be productive and successful in promoting the Bureau’s mission. 

Manuals/Handbook Section Affected:  None

Coordination:  This IM was coordinated with State EEO manager. 

Contact:  Any questions related to this memorandum should be addressed to Sara Romero-Minkoff, EEO Manager, Montana State Office, at 406-896-5180.

Signed by: Gene R. Terland
Authenticated by: Nancy Oliver (MT-910)
3 Attachments
      1-Policies (2 pp)
      3-EEO Staff (1 p) 

Last updated: 03-18-2013