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Harassment in the Workplace Duke Energy's Code of Business Ethics

Duke Energy is committed to maintaining a positive work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Harassment of any kind in the workplace is not tolerated.

We respect the dignity of every person and honor our differences. It is important that employees speak up if they experience or witness harassment on te job or at work-related events.

Harassment generally means offensive conduct that is severe and pervasive and singles out an employee to the detriment or objection of that employee because of a difference protected by law or by Duke Energy policy such as race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Harassment covers a wide range of conduct, from direct requests of a sexual nature to situations where offensive behavior (e.g., insults, offensive jokes or slurs, offensive material in the workplace), to verbal or non-verbal threats, abuse or ridicule, assault or blocking of normal movement results in a hostile work environment.

Our Responsibilities

Duke Energy employees are expected to do their part to ensure a safe and secure workplace in which employees can perform their duties without fear of harassment.

Duke Energy employees must:

  • Treat others with respect.
  • Report all incidents of harassment.

Duke Energy employees must not:

  • Harass anyone. 
  • Threaten, insult, abuse or ridicule others. 
  • Create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Duke Energy will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports of harassment and will preserve the confidentiality of the investigation to the greatest possible extent. Duke Energy will take immediate and appropriate action, up to and including termination of employment, if harassment is determined to have occurred.

Q & A

Q: What is considered offensive material in the workplace?

A: Possession of any text, communications, software, images, sounds, data or other information that facilitates improper conduct (such as involvement with illegal drugs, illegal materials or illegal weapons) or that is threatening, unlawful, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent or invasive of another's privacy, or that contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts.