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12 9 DC £ i i — o CM 0> .Q Sexual harassment reporting necessary in workplace w CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE another victim.\ According to the New York State Department of Human Rights, sexual harassment, in the form of a \hostile environ- ^^^^^ ment,\ consists of words, signs? jokes, pranks, intimidation of physical violence that are of a sex- ual nature, or that are directed at an individual because of that person's gender. Sexual harassment also consists of any unwanted verbal or phys- ical advances, sexually explicit derogatory state- ments, or sexually dis- criminatory remarks ' made by someone in the workplace that are offen- sive or objectionable to the recipient, cause discomfort or humiliation, or interfere with his or her job performance. In the Village of Freeport, annual sexual harassment training is manda- tory for all employees. According to Conor Kirwan, the village's executive director of human resources, creating a workplace environment where employees and colleagues feel com- fortable to report and address any wrongdoings is •crucial. e cannot tolerate this kind of behavior by anyone at any time MIGUEL BERMUDEZ .Chief, Freeport Police Department \We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior by anyone at any time,\ Ber- mudez said. U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Demo- crat from Garden City, has emerged as one of the most vocal ••••• proponents of ending sexual harassment in Congress. She appeared recently on CNN to call on Rep. John Conyers, 88, a Democrat from Michi- gan, to resign after alle- gations of sexual harass- ment surfaced against the 52-year congressman and one-time civil rights activist. Conyers stepped down last week. Many people, it appeared, were at first reluctant to call on Cony- ers to resign. He was, his supporters said, an icon, having served in the Korean War, marched during the civil rights movement and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus. Rice was not among those who were swayed by his record. \When the recent wave of credible allegations of sexual harassment and assault reached Rep. John Conyers, my colleague in the House and a fel- low Democrat, I felt we needed to show that we would no longer allow ourselves or our colleagues to be held to a double standard,\ Rice said in a statement. \If we believe the women, as so many of us say we do, then we can't just go on serving alongside and working with colleagues who we believe have preyed on women. \That's the standard we expect in the media, in entertainment and throughout the private sector, and the standard for public servants should, if anything, be even higher,\ she con- tinued. \That doesn't mean that every politician who faces a single accusa- tion should resign immediately. It means that if we believe the women, we should act accordingly. I believe the women who accused Rep. Cony- ers.\ • She went on to say that she also believed the women who accused U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Ruben Kihuen and Rep. Blake Farenthold. \I believe and I hope that we've made real progress on this issue over the past two weeks,\ Rice concluded. \We've identified what the standard should be for politicians who violate the public trust by harassing or assaulting women. Now we need to stick to it.\ Let us hear from you! We want to know what you think. Send your letters to 2 Endo Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530 or email execeditor@liherald.com Community Newspapers www.liherald.com Before you click & buy Give SHOP LOCAL A Try! ff /*** SHORN LOCAL i Council of Chamber* of Coi 3EDARHURST BID • COVERT AVENUE BALDWIN • BAYVILLE • THE BELLMORES • EAST MEADOW • EAST ROCKAWAY • ^\^^^^^ [LMONT • EARMINGDALE • FLORAL PARK FRANKLIN SQUARE • FREEPORT • GARDEN CITY • GLEN COVE • GREAT NECK • GREATER GREENVALE • GREATER NEW HYDE PARK • HEMPSTEAO • HEWLETT-WOODMERt • HICKSVILLE • ISLAND PARK • ISLAND PARK BUSINESS & RESIDENTIAL • IEVITTOWN • LONG BEACH • LONG ISLAND AFRICAN AMERICAN • LONG ISLAND HISPANIC • LYNBROOK • MALVERNE • MANHASSET • THE MASSAPEQUAS • MERRICK • MINEOLA • OCEANSIDE • OYSTER BAY-EAST NORWICH • PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE • PORT WASHINGTON • ROCKVILLE CENTRE • ROOSEVELT • ROSLYN • SEAFORD • SYOSSET- WOODBURY • UNIONDALE • VALLEY STREAM • WANTAGH • WFS1BURY-CARLE PLACE • WEST HEMPSTEAD • THE WILUSTONS Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce • P.O.Box 365, Bellmore, NY 11710 s

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