The Australian Kfarsghab Association (AKA) is strongly committed to ensuring that all sporting officials and members, referees/umpires and other representatives are able to participate in sports in an environment free of racial and religious harassment.
Racial or religious harassment at any level of our sport, both on and off the field of play, will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Club officials and members have a responsibility to create and maintain a playing environment in which participants feel comfortable and where people respect and tolerate the rights, views and opinions of others. Individuals who experience racial or religious harassment are entitled to the support of the AKA, other officials and representatives of the Association.
All complaints of such harassment will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly and tactfully, including action being taken to ensure that the harassment stops.
The AKA will also take action to ensure that any person who lodges a complaint or who assists the investigation of a complaint is not victimised or disadvantaged in any way. Where such a situation occurs, the individual/s found to be in breach of this policy will be required to appear before the AKA to provide an explanation, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any person deemed to have breached the policy.
Where it is found that the harassment alleged did not occur, all necessary action will be taken to ensure that the reputation of the accused person/s is not affected or impugned. Furthermore any individual who deliberately fabricates or falsifies a complaint or falsely supports such a complaint of harassment will be required to appear before the AKA to provide an explanation, and if proven, subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Any person who falsely lays a complaint should also be aware that the accused person/s has the right to pursue legal action for defamation.
It is very desirable that Referees / Umpires, Coaches & Captains or Officials should immediately attempt to resolve the issue. Prompt action as soon after the incident occurs as is possible will often result in resolution of the matter, before other parties can become involved. If the matter can not be immediately resolved to the satisfaction of those concerned, then any further action should be put in writing and submitted to the AKA.
Australian Kfarsghab Association
PO BOX 6880
Parramatta BC NSW 2150
What is Harassment?
Harassment is any form of behaviour, which is uninvited, unwelcome and which humiliates, offends or intimidates another person, or makes the environment uncomfortable or unpleasant.
What is Racial Harassment?
Racial Harassment is the derogatory and offensive use of language and/or behaviour
aimed at a person or groups of people based on their:
- Ethnic or Cultural background; or
Racial Harassment is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the AKA under any circumstances. It can involve and affect players, coaches, spectators, referees/umpires/officials and parents.
Examples of Harassment or Discrimination
Examples of behaviour, which could form the basis for a complaint, include:
- Distribution or display of offensive racist or racially oriented material, such as posters, pictures, cartoons etc.
- Jokes or derogatory comments referring to ethnicity or racial characteristics; Racially oriented verbal abuse; Repeated irrelevant references to a person’s race, cultural or ethnic background;
- Practical jokes based on race or directed only at members of a particular ethnic group;
- Isolation or segregation of those from a particular racial or ethnic background;
- Campaigns of hate or silence based on race; and
- Physical assault based on race.
Issue Date July 2006