Naperville Sun: DuPage updates harassment policies to mirror the state’s

January 9, 2018

Gary Galibula, Naperville Sun

DuPage County officials Tuesday acted to update the county’s existing harassment policy.

The DuPage County Board voted unanimously to add wording that aligns the county with a state harassment policy update that took effect last year.

The new language certifies that an accuser may file claims of retaliation under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Whistleblower Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Another new provision warns that, under certain conditions, a county employee or elected official making a false report of sexual harassment may be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to a $5,000 fine and termination….

“We already have on our books a very comprehensive policy designed to prevent and address incidences of harassment of any kind within county departments and here on the campus,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “We do not tolerate harassment against anyone. All claims are fully and aggressively investigated.”

Officials confirmed that in the past five years, there has not been a single sexual harassment complaint filed with the county’s Human Resources Department.