• Sexual Harassment

  • It is the policy of Pepco Holdings, Inc., and its affiliates (collectively, "PHI" or the "Company") to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unlawful, and such prohibited conduct exposes not only the Company but also individuals involved in such conduct to significant liability under the law. Moreover, the Company respects the dignity and professionalism of each of its employees and others working at or on behalf of the Company and expects employees and all others working at or on behalf of the Company, regardless of employment status, to treat each other with respect and dignity. The Company, therefore, is committed to vigorously enforcing its Policy Against Sexual Harassment at all levels within the Company. The Company has issued a separate specific business policy regarding Harassment, which should also be consulted. This Policy Against Sexual Harassment relates specifically to sexual harassment.

    The definition of sexual harassment, according to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether between persons of the opposite sex or of the same sex when:

    • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment.
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an employment decision affecting such individual.
    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect to unreasonably interfere with an individual's work performance or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

    Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, or patting; sexually oriented gestures, noises, remarks, jokes or comments about a person's sexuality or sexual orientation; and displaying pictures, posters, calendars, graffiti, objects, promotional materials, reading materials or other materials that are sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning or pornographic. In addition, basing employment decisions on, or implying that a decision will be based on submission to or rejection of sexual overtures, is prohibited.

    The Company prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace, on the Company's premises and in connection with any work-related or work-sponsored activities.

    Sexual harassment is not only unlawful, but it affects the victim and other persons working at the Company. Incidents of sexual harassment can result in a general atmosphere in which many persons suffer.

    Sexually oriented acts or sex-based conduct have no legitimate business purpose; accordingly, employees or others working at or on behalf of the Company, regardless of employment status, who engage in such conduct will be disciplined. Sexual harassment of an employee or others working at or on behalf of the Company, regardless of employment status, by any customer, vendor, or other person whose relationship to such person exists through Company business will not be condoned or tolerated.

    All sexual harassment complaints will be thoroughly reviewed, and, where warranted, complaints will be remedied promptly. To the extent practicable under the circumstances, the privacy concerns of employees involved in a sexual harassment complaint will be accommodated.