Explain the Navy's Sexual Harassment Policy.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Any person in a supervisory or command position who uses or condones implicit or explicit sexual behavior to control, influence or affect the pay, job, or career of a military or civilian employee is engaging in sexual harassment. Similarly, any military or civilian who makes deliberate or repeated unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature is also engaging in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates standards of behavior required of all Department of the Navy personnel. Behavior in the work environment must remain professional and conducive to maximum efficiency and proficiency at all times. Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct; it debilitates morale, interferes with the work productivity of an organization and can cause serious psychological stress for the recipient. The Navy’s policies are to ensure all employees have equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and are free of sexual harassment in any form. It is expected that each service member fully commit to exhibit the highest professional behavior and courtesy in accomplishing the mission. It is the responsibility of every member of the U.S. Navy to ensure that sexual harassment is prevented and that any instance of sexual harassment is dealt with swiftly, fairly, and effectively.