Last Updated: July 2023
At Ascendancy Fitness we build a community for you to succeed. As part of that community, your safety and experience - no matter who you are - is our priority. Everyone at our gym has the right to enjoy what our gym has to offer whilst feeling safe. We do not tolerate harassment, in any form at Ascendancy.
Whether you are a member, visitor, staff or a PT at Ascendancy, we are all part of this community, and we treat each other with respect, and kindness.
If you ever feel you have been harassed, speak to a member of the Ascendancy team or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This policy covers all members, staff, PT's and visitors including contractors to our gym. It's purpose is to define what Ascendancy Fitness will do should there ever be an instance, allegation or experience of this type of behavior in our gym.
Harassment can be both Direct to you as an individual person from another person or group of people and Indirect something you see or hear towards someone else.
Harassment can take many forms, and the below are just some examples. If you feel you may be being harassessed, don't worry - get in touch and we will investigate.
Sexual harassment can also take many forms, the below are just some examples. If you feel you may be being sexual harassessed, don't worry - get in touch and we will investigate.
Some examples of in gym sexual harassment:
If you feel you have been a victim of harassment, where appropriate you should first raise it with that individual. If this is not possible or you do not feel comfortable immediately report it to a member of staff or reception. You can also email email@example.com. and we will begin an investigation.
If following an investigation, the gym deems the incident as minor, for example there is a belief that the alleged person had acted in poor judgement or made an innocent error, and/or not referred to the police - education, an apology and a strong warning could be an appropriate action.
However, if following investigation the gym has via evidence confirmed that harassment did take place directly or indirectly or was clearly or knowingly intended, this will be classed a major and a formal penalty will be placed upon that person in line with the below:
If the alleged person is a member of staff we will follow internal disciplinary procedures which may result in a verbal or written warning, or dismissal depending on the outcome of investigation and severity of the incident.
The decision the gym makes following an investigation is final, but if you are unhappy we will be here to talk.
We will do everything we can to support you coming back to the gym - and if you would like, we will meet you at reception at an agreed day/time that suits both parties to welcome you back.
We will offer to mediate if we feel it beneficial or neccessary, between you and the alleged person if they are still a member of the Ascendancy.
Independent, free, and confidential advice can also be found at Victim Support via a confidential 24/7 helpline and live chat service.