Convention Harassment Policy

Pride at Work and the Pride at Work Quadrennial Convention are dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, employment status, union affiliation, or income level. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the presiding officers. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, employment status, union affiliation, or income level
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviors

Exception: Pride at Work understands that the nature of LGBTQIA issues and activism may require a certain level of communication that is sexual in nature. Discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria: (a) it is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists, (b) it is presented in a respectful manner, especially towards women and LGBTQIA people, (c) attendees are warned in advance in the program and respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand. This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.

If you are in any doubt, contact the national office for clearance and guidance in advance.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities related to the convention are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If you have any questions or concerns about your content or materials, please contact a presiding officer or national staff.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Pride at Work retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the convention with no refund.

Pride at Work officials may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to or Jerame Davis – 317-213-4148. A Pride at Work National Executive Board member or anyone on staff can help you with the process as well. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

Confidential Report

Your report will remain confidential. If the report involves someone harassing you, note that it will be necessary to identify for the accused who they are accused of harassing.

We will fully investigate every report and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Calling or texting this phone number: 317-213-4148. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Contacting a staff member or NEB member, who will be identified on their credentials.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Report by email: (monitored solely by Pride at Work staff)
Report by phone/text: Jerame Davis – 317-213-4148
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis: 612-332-6000
Minneapolis Police: 612-673-3000