LMDA Anti-Harassment Policy

LMDA is committed to providing a work environment in which all workers are treated with respect and dignity. Workplace violence and/or harassment will not be tolerated from any person in the digital and physical workplace; including staff, volunteers (whether paid or unpaid), board members, executive, and members of the public regardless of immigration status, as applicable. 

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

This policy linked below is a part of LMDAs commitment to a discrimination-free work environment. Sexual harassment is against the law and all persons employed with or volunteering for LMDA have a legal right to a workplace free from sexual harassment. This document speaks to the legal protections of LMDA employees and volunteers as it relates to sexual harassment. The document offers: 

  • Definitions and examples of harassment 
  • To whom and how sexual harassment can occur
  • Tools for reporting sexual harassment 
  • Legal protections and laws

As the world changes, we recognize the need to continually review and update this policy. Policy can be slow to change, but we review this policy annually with the objective to make official changes every 6-8 years (2-3 terms of the Executive Committee volunteers). 

LMDA Anti-Harassment Policy

LMDA Resources

This Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy is in conjunction with our ongoing efforts to provide safe spaces not only for LMDA employees and volunteers, but also for our members. We encourage you to review the LMDA Beliefs and Values and the LMDA Bylaws.

If, for any reason, you do not wish to file a formal complaint or initiate an investigation, please consider sharing your concerns using our Cause for Concern form.

Over the past several months, LMDA created a “Code of Conduct” Committee to actively work towards creating safe spaces for our employees, volunteers, and members. This is an ongoing effort. 

Digital Civility 

In our beliefs and values, we note: 

  • At the heart of dramaturgy is collaboration, a mutual trust and respect among collaborators.
  • As collaborators and artists, we appreciate our differences and continually learn from each other.

With those beliefs in mind, we ask that in the world and in these digital spaces, you treat the members of our community with respect and civility. This includes Zoom meetings, the listserv, our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). We value the conversations held in these spaces and we want to provide a safe digital environment that is built on respect and consideration for each other—600+ fellow members. We encourage you to have deep and respectful engagement on the listserv and in other platforms of live and digital communication.

Regional Resources

#NotInOurHouse: A Chicago Theatre Community, which includes a set of standards for self-regulation in theatre spaces, sample agreements, and links to additional information. 

Actors Equity Hotline to Report Bullying and Harassment

This page was last updated on January 1, 2023.

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