Discrimination and Harassment

“You’re crazy to want to have a baby while you’re still in school.”

“Your belly is huge.”

“It’s totally unfair that breeders get extra vacation time.”

“You don’t have many options as a gay couple.  Adopting and getting a surrogate are both so expensive.”

“You’re so lucky you get paternity leave when your wife is doing all the hard work.”

“Isn’t there anyone else who can watch your kid?”

“That’s what nursing homes are for.”

“I should also get time off when my dog is sick.”

Unlawful harassment is:

  • Unwelcome,
  • Related to a protected category (including pregnancy),
  • Severe and/or pervasive, and
  • Offensive to a reasonable person.

Harassment can be reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (for any faculty, staff member, or student worker).  The New School’s position on nondiscrimination is:

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

Speech, or other expression, constitutes discriminatory harassment if it:

  1. Deliberately insults, stigmatizes, threatens, or intimidates an individual or small group of specific individuals on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, any other legally protected status or other personal attributes; and
  2. Is addressed directly to the specific individual or individuals who it insults, stigmatizes, threatens, or intimidates; and
  3. Makes use of “fighting words” or non-verbal symbols.

How to Deal with Microaggressions, Discrimination, or Harassment:

  1. Ask the person to stop the offensive behavior.
  2. Consult any of the resources listed below.

Resources available to staff/faculty:

Resources available to students:

Confidential resources available to students: 

Faculty and staff should keep in mind:

  • Supervisors and Human Resources must investigate any reports of unlawful harassment.
  • Confidentiality requirements regarding complaints will be determined on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the law.
  • A harassment complainant is protected from retaliation but may still be disciplined for performance problems.

Read more about The New School’s policies on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination here and here.