INCLUSION

At the core of LIT's mission statement, we provide comedy in an inclusive and positive environment while supporting students and performers in their development as artists.  LIT Comedy, Inc. believes that everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation should experience the gift of comedy and the many life skills it helps develop in a safe, supportive way and is actively working to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our institution and associated programming. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge, and make this work accessible and inclusive. We firmly believe that unique experiences and points of view are at the core of the art form our artists create and reflective of the audiences, students, and clients we serve.

LIT strives to foster community with cultural sensitivity, increase access to our programs, scholarships, and performances to underserved communities and facilitate and engage in dialogue on a local, regional and national level on empathy, equity, diversity and inclusion.

DIVERSity

"There are relatively more people of color and ethnicity, and players from very diverse age-groups.  I think this is one of LIT's greatest strengths - to bring people of different perspectives and life-histories together."

-- Anonymous Player Submitted Feedback

 

LIT Comedy is committed to providing a comedy home for individuals of all walks of life. 

Accessibility

LIT Comedy is committed to delivering a quality entertainment and/or training experience to everyone.  In fulfilling this commitment, LIT Comedy strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of all people including those with disabilities.  We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar fashion as others.  LIT Comedy is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities.

SAFE SPACE

LIT Comedy is devoted to providing a positive environment where creativity can flourish and our community, performers and students can grow.  We have a firm anti-harrassment and anti-discrimination policy in place.  We aim to provide a safe space where individuals can communicate any issue they are having to LIT's Ombudsman.  We will maintain the anonymity of those communicating any issues and share pertinent information with our staff and community as each situation dictates.  We also offer an anonymous reporting form which keeps the anonymity of those making reports.  Please note, should you choose not to identify yourself during the reporting of the incident we will not be able to contact you, and may not be able to enforce the policy to the fullest extent.  We encourage anyone to contact our Ombudsman at any time.

MEET

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CONTACT

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for any type of issue or question.

REPORT

Please use the form to report an issue, which can be submitted anonymously.

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POLICY

LIT Comedy is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully and have equal opportunities.  If a claim of harassment or discrimination is proven, disciplinary measures will be applied, up to and including termination of employment.

LIT Comedy is committed to a comprehensive strategy to address harassment and discrimination, including:

  • regularly monitoring organizational systems for barriers

  • providing an effective and fair complaints procedure

  • promoting appropriate standards of conduct at all times.

Anti-Harassment & Anti-Discrimination Policy Objectives


The objectives of this policy are to make sure that members, instructors, performers, students, clients and associates of LIT Comedy are aware that harassment and discrimination are unacceptable practices and are incompatible with the standards of this organization, as well as being a violation of the law.

 

The right to freedom from discrimination and harassment extends to all employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, probationary, casual and contract staff, as well as volunteers, students and interns.

 

It is also unacceptable for members of LIT Comedy to engage in harassment or discrimination when dealing with clients, or with others they have professional dealings with, such as students, instructors, performers, rental companies, or service providers.

This policy applies at every level of the organization and to every aspect of the workplace environment and employment relationship, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfers, training, salaries, benefits and termination.  It also covers rates of pay, overtime, hours of work, holidays, shift work, discipline and performance evaluations.

 

This policy also applies to events that occur outside of the physical workplace such as during festival travel and company parties.

 

This policy prohibits discrimination or harassment based on the following grounds, and any combination of these grounds:

  • Age

  • Religion

  • Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)

  • Sexual orientation

  • Gender identity

  • Gender expression

  • Family status (such as being in a parent-child relationship)

  • Marital status (including married, single, widowed, divorced, separated or living in a conjugal relationship outside of marriage, whether in a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship)

  • Disability (including mental, physical, developmental or learning disabilities)

  • Race

  • Ancestry

  • Place of origin

  • Ethnic origin

  • Citizenship

  • Color

  • Record of offences (criminal conviction for a provincial offence, or for an offence for which a pardon has been received)

  • Association or relationship with a person identified by one of the above grounds

  • Perception that one of the above grounds applies

 

Definitions 

The following behavior is prohibited:

  • Discrimination:  means any form of unequal treatment based on a protected ground, whether imposing extra burdens or denying benefits.  It may be intentional or unintentional.  It may involve direct actions that are discriminatory on their face, or it may involve rules, practices or procedures that appear neutral, but disadvantage certain groups of people.  Discrimination may take obvious forms, or it may happen in very subtle ways.  Even if there are many factors affecting a decision or action, if discrimination is one factor, that is a violation of this policy.

  • Harassment:  means a course of comments or actions that are known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome. It can involve words or actions that are known or should be known to be offensive, embarrassing, humiliating, demeaning or unwelcome, based on a ground of discrimination identified by this policy. Harassment can occur based on any of the grounds of discrimination.  Examples of harassment include:

  1. Epithets, remarks, jokes or innuendos related to a person’s race, gender identity, gender expression, sex, disability, sexual orientation, creed, age, or any other ground

  2. Posting or circulating offensive pictures, graffiti or materials, whether in print form or via e-mail or other electronic means

  3. Singling out a person for humiliating or demeaning “teasing” or jokes because they are a member of an above-identified group

  4. Comments ridiculing a person because of characteristics that are related to a ground of discrimination.  For example, this could include comments about a person’s dress, speech or other practices that may be related to their sex, race, gender identity or religion.

  5. If a person does not explicitly object to harassing behaviour, or appears to be going along with it, this does not mean that the behavior is okay.  The behavior could still be considered harassment under this policy.

  • Sexual and gender-based harassment:  sexual harassment is a form of harassment that can include:

  1. Gender-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics or mannerisms

  2. Paternalism based on gender which a person feels undermines his or her self respect or position of responsibility

  3. Unwelcome physical contact

  4. Suggestive or offensive remarks or innuendoes about members of a specific gender

  5. Propositions of physical intimacy

  6. Gender-related verbal abuse, threats or taunting

  7. Leering or inappropriate staring

  8. Bragging about sexual prowess or questions or discussions about sexual activities

  9. Offensive jokes or comments of a sexual nature about an employee or client

  10. Rough and vulgar humour or language related to gender

  11. Display of sexually offensive pictures, graffiti or other materials including through electronic means

  12. Demands for dates or sexual favors.

  • Sexual Solicitation:  this policy prohibits sexual solicitations or advances by any person who is in a position to grant or deny a benefit to the recipient of the solicitation or advance.  This includes managers and supervisors, as well as co-workers where one person is in a position to grant or deny a benefit to the other. Reprisals for rejecting such advances or solicitations are also not allowed.

  • Hostile Environment:  a hostile environment is created by comments or conduct (including comments or conduct that are condoned or allowed to continue when brought to the attention of management) that create a discriminatory work environment.  The comments or conduct need not be directed at a specific person, and may be from any person, regardless of position or status.  A single comment or action, if sufficiently serious, may create a hostile environment.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

All persons present at LIT Comedy are expected to uphold and abide by this policy, by refraining from any form of harassment or discrimination, and by cooperating fully in any investigation of a harassment or discrimination complaint.

Managers, instructors, and show directors have the additional responsibility to act immediately on observations or allegations of harassment or discrimination.  Managers and supervisors are responsible for creating and maintaining a harassment- and discrimination-free organization, and should address potential problems before they become serious.