An Ethical Workplace is Free of Discrimination and Harassment
By General Counsel William Elias (LEG)
When we discuss Argonne’s commitment to ethical conduct, we often focus on integrity in research and business practices and use of government funds. However, acting in an ethical manner also means treating all employees honestly, fairly and without discrimination.
Discrimination and harassment are unlawful and may be caused by any negative work condition based on age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender (this includes sexual harassment), gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne is committed to an environment free from discrimination — an environment in which all persons are encouraged to grow and thrive. This is the way Argonne does business. It is part of our value system.
A workplace free of discrimination and harassment is not only required by law, it is the right way to do business — and Argonne expects that all individuals will conduct themselves appropriately and respectfully at the laboratory. Whether you are the subject of discrimination or harassment, or a witness to it, reporting it will enable Argonne to take appropriate action, pursuant to LMS-POL-45: Equal Employment Opportunity and Prevention of Unlawful Harassment (Login required) and LMS-PROC-270: Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation Complaints (Login required).
Retaliation against anyone who reports a concern in good faith is a violation of Argonne’s principles and will not be tolerated.
Argonne provides several channels to report discrimination or harassment if you identify it anywhere at the laboratory. You may make a complaint to the Diversity Program Officer by calling ext. 2-3022 or emailing email@example.com. You can also report discrimination or harassment via The Network, an independent, third-party reporting service that enables employees to communicate concerns — anonymously if they wish — via the Internet or by telephone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make a report by telephone, call 1-877-587-2449. To make a report online, visit https://www.reportlineweb.com/anl. The Network’s web-reporting tool is hosted on their external, third-party (i.e., non-Argonne) server.
The Network forwards all complaints to Argonne’s Legal department for investigation and follow-up. If you choose to respond anonymously, you can check on the status of the complaint on The Network’s website or via phone. Argonne will provide The Network with information related to follow-up actions and/or any questions for you. If you choose to provide contact info, Argonne will contact you directly to follow up.
Additional information about reporting unethical, discriminatory or harassing behavior is available on Inside Argonne (Login required).