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All students, instructors, sponsors, and volunteers who participate in MotherCoders events and/or programs are required to agree with the following code of conduct. MotherCoders Leadership Team will enforce this code, and we expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. Please see below for more information.

The Quick Version

MotherCoders is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form directed at anyone in the MotherCoders community. Any type of harassment, which includes but is not limited to sexual language and imagery, is not appropriate for any MotherCoders venue, including classes, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled without a refund at the discretion of MotherCoders Leadership Team.

The Less Quick Version

MotherCoders is committed to providing work and classroom environments free of sexual or any other form of unlawful harassment or discrimination. MotherCoders has a no-tolerance policy, and is committed to maintaining a respectful, courteous environment in all org-related settings that respects the dignity and worth of each employee and participant. Inappropriate workplace behavior and unlawful harassment are wholly inconsistent with this commitment. No employee, contract worker, customer, partner, student, vendor or other person who does business with this organization is exempt from the prohibitions within this policy.

Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), religious creed, marital status, age, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under California Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state, or local laws, is illegal and prohibited by Organization policy. Such conduct by or toward any employee, contract worker, customer, vendor or anyone else who does business with MotherCoders will not be tolerated.

How We Take Action

MotherCoders has a zero tolerance policy with respect to harassment. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. To ensure a safe environment free of harassment for everyone who engages with MotherCoders in its programming, we expect all participants to follow these rules

If a participant is found to have engaged in harassing behavior, agents of MotherCoders may take any action they deem appropriate, including expelling the offender from MotherCoders programs and/or events with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the MotherCoders staff immediately at info@mothercoders.org. We check this address regularly and will make sure you hear from the appropriate contact on our team.

Prohibited Conduct

Sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination includes any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, race, age, national origin, disability or any other legally protected basis if:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or engagement;

  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions concerning that individual’s employment or engagement; or

  3. it creates a hostile or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and lewd, vulgar, or obscene remarks, jokes, posters, or cartoons, and any unwelcome touching, pinching, or other physical contact. Other forms of unlawful harassment or discrimination may include racial epithets, slurs, and derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, posters, or cartoons based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or other legally protected categories. Prohibited harassment also includes the transmission of materials such as cartoons, jokes, or links to offensive materials online using MotherCoders’ electronic communications system, or through other online conduct.

Treating any employee or individual differently or unfairly because of the characteristics listed above is also prohibited. Unlawful discrimination includes conduct that is based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All Organization employees, students, other workers, and representatives are prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

Complaint Procedure

Employees, students, or contract workers who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated against, or who witness any harassment or discrimination by an employee, contract worker, customer, vendor, student, or anyone else who does business with the Company, should immediately do the following:

  1. If you feel comfortable enough to do so, tell the person engaging in the harassing and/or discriminating behavior that his or her actions are not welcome and they must stop.

  2. Report the incident verbally or in writing to your supervisor/manager, and/or another representative of the organization with whom you feel comfortable (including the Founder and CEO).

  3. If the incident is committed by your supervisor/manager or instructor, report the incident verbally or in writing to someone on the MotherCoders’ Leadership Team with whom you feel comfortable (including the Founder and CEO) at info@mothercoders.org. We check this address regularly and will make sure you hear from the appropriate contact on our team.

Any manager, supervisor, or instructor who observes, or receives a report of, any form of unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation for conduct protected by this policy, must promptly report the conduct to the MotherCoders Leadership Team so that an investigation can be conducted and remedial action can be taken.

Any reported incident will be investigated by a representative of the MotherCoders Leadership Team in a fair, impartial, timely, and thorough manner that provides all relevant parties with the opportunity to be heard and to present any information he or she thinks is relevant or important for consideration, and that allows MotherCoders to reach reasonable conclusions based on the information collected. In responding to and taking action to address a complaint, MotherCoders will be as discreet as reasonably possible under the circumstances and will maintain confidentiality of the matter to the extent reasonably possible, subject to its obligation to conduct a full and fair investigation. Appropriate action will be taken by MotherCoders to stop and remedy any and all such conduct, including interim measures during a period of investigation. The investigation will be completed in a timely manner, after which MotherCoders will inform the reporting party of the conclusions reached concerning the complaint.

Retaliation Prohibited

MotherCoders will not allow retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint under this policy. Employees and contract workers are protected by law from retaliation for opposing or reporting unlawful harassment or discrimination, or for otherwise participating in processes connected with an investigation, proceeding, or hearing conducted by MotherCoders or a government agency with respect to such complaints. MotherCoders will take disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of any employee who retaliates against another employee, student, or contract worker for engaging in any of these protected activities. Contract workers will be subject to termination of their engagement with MotherCoders for engaging in retaliation.

Violations of Policy

Any employee, student, or contract worker who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of his or her employment or engagement. To the extent a partner, vendor, or other person with whom the Company does business engages in unlawful harassment or discrimination, MotherCoders will take appropriate corrective action to address that situation.