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This is a policy statement by the State Employees' Appeals Commission concerning harassment and/or intimidation of witnesses who are subpoenaed or requested to testify before the State Employees' Appeals Commission and employees who are requested to represent fellow employees or their employer, agency, or institution during the grievance procedure.
It is the purpose of the grievance procedures for state employees to provide a fair and impartial forum for the resolution of employment-related grievances. This purpose is thwarted by actions which harass or intimidate persons who are subpoenaed or requested to testify or to provide other evidence or to assist a party in pursuing or responding to an appeal in proceedings before the State Employees' Appeals Commission or its hearing officers.
Persons who have been subpoenaed or requested to testify or bring documents to a SEAC hearing or other proceeding, or who have been asked to assist or represent a party in pursuing or responding to an appeal, shall not be threatened with or subjected to adverse personal or employment consequences related to their appearance at or testimony for such hearings and related proceedings. This prohibition applies before, during and after evidentiary hearings or other proceedings related to the grievance procedure.
Allegations of intimidation or harassment of witnesses, or representatives should be submitted pursuant to the provisions of IC 4-15-2-35 in the same manner as are all other grievances.