Some questions about Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy

No person will be adversely affected in employment with our organization as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.
All complaints of unlawful harassment will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances.

What would constitute a non-unlawful harassment under this policy?

Use of our computer system for the purpose of viewing, displaying, or disseminating material that is sexual in nature may also constitute harassing behavior.

Does this policy disallow issuance of certificates for pornographic websites or viewing such websites by ISRG employees?

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The law has various definitions for harassment which are being referred to when the document says “unlawful.” What you’re asking about is any type of harassment which is not against the law but is nonetheless harassment. That could be any number of different things depending on context and what is or isn’t against the law in a particular jurisdiction. I am not going to provide a contrived example here.

Generally speaking, our staff are not allowed to view pornographic material in the course of their work. If it comes up in an unexpected context they would be expected to close it immediately.

Issuing certificates does not require the viewing or review of website contents and our Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy does not prevent us from issuing certificates to sites with pornographic content.


Makes sense. However, does this policy mean that harassment that is illegal (unlawful) and harrassment that is not illegal are handled in a different way? Also, to clarify, does “unlawful” mean “unlawful in some (any) country in the world” or “unlawful under jurisdiction ISRG is located in”?

I do agree that pornographic websites should not be viewed in professional context.