Sexual harassment is "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Individuals who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment or individuals who have knowledge of sexual harassment against or by a State employee may report the incident and/or alleged harasser to the following persons who have been identified and trained to receive complaints of sexual harassment:
Phone: 317.226.7212 or toll free at 800.669.4000
An accurate record of objectionable behavior or misconduct is needed to resolve a formal complaint of sexual harassment. Verbal reports of sexual harassment must be reduced to writing by either the complainant or the individual(s) designated to receive complaints, and be signed by the complainant. Individuals who believe they have been or currently are being harassed should maintain a record of objectionable conduct to effectively prepare and corroborate their allegations.
While the State encourages individuals to keep written notes in order to accurately record offensive conduct or behavior, it must be recognized that, in the event that a lawsuit develops from the reported incident, the confidentiality of the complainant’s written notes may not be recognized under Indiana law, and the notes may have to be disclosed.
The state encourages a prompt reporting of complaints so that rapid response and appropriate action may be taken. However, due to the sensitivity of these problems and because of the emotional toll such misconduct may have on an individual, no limited time frame will be instituted for reporting sexual harassment complaints. Late reporting of complaints will not in and of itself preclude the State from taking remedial action.
The state will not in any way retaliate against an individual that makes a report of sexual harassment nor permit any supervisor, officer or employee to do so. Retaliation is a serious violation of the sexual harassment policy and should be reported immediately. Any person found to have retaliated against another individual for the good faith reporting of sexual harassment will be subject to the same disciplinary action provided for sexual harassment offenders.