Community Guidelines

 PLAY FAIR AND PLAY SAFE!

FOLLOW OUR GUIDELINES FOR A RESPECTFUL COMMUNITY

Our Commitment to You

BeOnAlert aims to be a leading resource to expose threats and protect potential and existing Reporters of sexual harassment in the workplace.

We shall do this by providing easy-to-use reporting, registering, and alerting software products to help process and settle sexual harassment claims, as well as spread awareness of the causes, effects and impact of sexual harassment within the U.S. business community.  

We do this with the objective of creating better, safer and more welcoming global workplaces.

Your Commitment to Us

We kindly ask users of our platform to be honest, be transparent, be helpful, and to keep the same goal as us in mind: creating better, safer and more welcoming places to work.

Our Principles and Guidelines

BeOnAlert as a platform adheres to the following principles and guidelines to ensure the most trustworthy, reliable, useful, and accurate information is available to our users.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the legalities and conditions surrounding your use of BeOnAlert, and our use of your content, please see our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

How we Define Things

‘Reporter’ refers to anyone who fill out the sexual harassment report form on our site and sends it to us.

‘The Accused’ refers to the person who has been named as a perpetrator of sexual harassment by a Reporter.

‘Report’ refers to the sexual harassment report form on our site.

‘Employee’ describes any person who has delivered significant work or services directly to a company, business, commercial entity, individual, government body or non-profit in exchange for money, or on a voluntary basis if for a charity or non-profit – this is not limited to full-time or permanent employees.

‘Employer’ describes the hiring company and/or the company, business, commercial entity, non-profit, government body, or individual that benefits from the work and services provided by the employee in exchange for money, or for free if for a charity or non-profit. 

A full definition of how we define the terms ‘employee’ and ‘employer’ can be found in our Terms of Use.

‘User’ refers to any registered or unregistered person who uses our services.

‘You’ or ‘Your’ refers to to the user.

The terms ‘BeOnAlert’, ‘the BeOnAlert platform’, or ‘the platform’ refers to any platform, website, app, plugin, or any other software provided by BeOnAlert as an end-user service.

‘The Company’ refers to: the owners of BeOnAlert and to BeOnAlert as a business.

‘The BeOnAlert Group’ refers to: all employees, freelancers, and contractors associated with BeOnAlert.

We use the term ‘workplace’ to include: the day-to-day work environment; any place where off-site work assignments are carried out; company-organized events or social gatherings; conferences, meetups and training seminars; and work-related travel.

For Reporters

Here is how we moderate your content and important factors you should keep in mind when making a report on BeOnAlert.

 Our Moderation of Your Content:

We will not edit or change the text of our Reports through our site or browser extension, or by any other means, regardless of the detail.

However, we reserve the right to delete or remove content that violates our Terms of Use and/or Privacy Policy.

We will not filter, delete or suppress any user-submitted content based on requests from companies who fear any potential negative or positive repercussion for their businesses, or the effect on their higher or lower ratings on our site, unless the content violates our Terms of Use and/or Privacy Policy .

We use the same standards to review all Reports. A verified, permanent and active email address is required to make any Report.

Reports are approved for publication on our site based upon a multi-step process, which is part automated, and part human. If for any reason a Report is not approved as part of our automated review process, all Reports will then be reviewed by hand to determine if it meets our guidelines.

After we receive and review your Report you will be contacted regarding the publication status of your Report. If it is rejected, you will be informed as to why and will be given the opportunity to make a new Report, provided you have not intentionally violated any of these guidelines, our Terms of Use, or our Privacy Policy.

We will not tolerate any fraudulent Reports, so don’t bother trying! Be aware that we use a custom set of filters, rules and algorithms to detect any attempted fraudulent or abusive Reports and these will be rejected immediately.

BeOnAlert remains neutral, and will not take any side in the case of any dispute that does not directly involve BeOnAlert as a company (pursuant to the Terms of Use). BeOnAlert and its team will hold no bias towards employees or employers.

BeOnAlert does not operate in the capacity of fact-finders with respect to any submitted content. While we make every attempt to moderate our content so that it meets our Guidelines, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, we do not take any responsibility for false, slanderous, or defamatory content posted by any of our users.

If you believe, in good faith, that any of the user content posted on the site is false, slanderous, or defamatory then you must contact: disputes@beonalert.com. BeOnAlert reserves the right to add or remove our user’s content at any time, for any reason.

All Reports must be made under free will. We will take down content if we have proof or believe that Reports were falsified, incentivized or that someone was coerced into entering a Report.

If you break the community guidelines  we may delete your account.  

Report Guidelines for Reporters

Many individuals use BeOnAlert’s Reports, responses and other user-created content to help protect themselves and others against sexual harassment and exploitation in the workplace. Please adhere to these guidelines to ensure that everyone can benefit from a truthful, helpful, and accurate resource.

Your Report should be submitted in good faith. It should be as truthful and factual description of the perceived sexual harassment scenario/s and must constitute your own personal experience with your harasser and no one else’s. No Reports should be made on behalf of another person.

Before sending your Report, we encourage you to refer to our pages on “What is Sexual Harassment”.

In your Report of perceived sexual harassment, we encourage you to focus on the details of your sexual harassment which could be useful to others within our community who might be, or who are, currently exposed to your harasser. We encourage you to be as straightforward and matter-of-fact as possible in order to provide the most value to others.

BeOnAlert does not investigate the truthfulness of Reports or take any legal responsibility for the factual nature of the Report. When you contribute content to BeOnAlert you are solely responsible for that content and we expect you to stand by your content if ever required.

No user should submit any content for the purpose of slander or defamation.

No user should knowingly submit any false accusations or any false details in any of their claims, no matter how small and insignificant they may seem to you.

No user should submit false accusations or any false information with the purpose of damaging another person’s reputation.

A company should not post false information about another company.

Each individual should enter only one Report per harasser – however this Report may include one or several incidents of sexual harassment from the same harasser. More information and additional detail can be added to an existing Report at a later date.

We understand that discussing a case of perceived sexual harassment can be very upsetting and emotionally charged; however, we will not be able to publish Reports that include profanities, threats of violence, or discriminatory language used by the person providing the Report to describe or target an individual or group.

We may allow Reports that mention race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and the like if we believe the comment is used to describe a workplace situation, is related to the incident/s of sexual harassment, and is useful and constructive and not used to be derogatory.

Currently, the platform is only used to report sexual harassment in the workplace (please see our page on “What is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”).

We do not approve Reports that solely involve threats of violence, or discriminatory language based on an individual’s race, religion, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation, unless we believe the comment is relevant to the description of your sexual harassment. These comments and cases should not be ignored and your HR team, employer, supervisor, or manager should be made aware of these.

BeOnAlert is about protecting our community by sharing experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace ONLY. We do not accept Reports pertaining to sexual harassment outside of the workplace (for a definition of what we mean by ‘workplace’ please see the end of these terms under the heading “How We Define Things”.).

We do not accept Reports that reveal confidential, non-public, internal company information. We consider this to include, but not be limited to: source code, customer lists, manufacturing techniques, R&D activities, budgets, detailed financial results, and technical know-how.

You must not publically publish personally identifying information about yourself, unless you have agreed in writing to do so with the BeOnAlert team beforehand, such as: your name, home address, personal email address, telephone number, or, date of birth. If personally identifiable information is needed, it will be specifically requested.

You must not publicly publish sensitive information about The Accused, your employer, any colleagues, or any other individual or group, such as: home addresses, personal email addresses, personal telephone numbers, dates of birth, details of family members, or personal banking details. If personally identifiable information is needed, it will be specifically requested.

We will reject or request a re-Report of content that contains an external web link, promotional material, or advertisements. If you are looking to form a partnership with BeOnAlert, please do so through our website’s contact form.

Your Report is important to us and to our community. Although your writing doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be understandable. Focusing on the factual description of your sexual harassment, using good grammar, spelling and punctuation, and leaving out excessive filler words/characters and unnecessary capitalization will make your Report appear more credible to others.

In the case that your Report does not meet these guidelines, it may be rejected. In select cases we may ask a user to re-submit content in order to adhere to our guidelines.

Each company and employer will be given the opportunity to respond to all accusations and claims of sexual harassment that involves them or members of their business.

In addition to all of this, we ask you to be mindful of the following and not to include or partake in:

∙ Profane, defamatory, offensive or violent language;

∙ “Trolling”, or posting deliberately disruptive statements meant to hijack comment threads or throw discussions off-track;

∙ Attacks on specific groups or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual;

∙ Hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs;

∙ Post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence;

∙ Links or comments containing sexually explicit content material;

∙ Discussion of illegal activity;

∙ Upload Spam, link baiting, viruses,  or other malicious code, that could damage the operation of other people’s computers or mobile devices or BeOnAlert;

∙ Acknowledgement of intent to stalk an individual or collect private information without disclosure;

∙ Solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else;

∙ Bully, intimidate, or harass any user;

∙ Commercial solicitations or promotion of a competitor;

∙ Violations of copyright or intellectual property rights;

∙ Content that relates to confidential or proprietary business information;

∙ Content determined to be inappropriate, in poor taste, or otherwise contrary to the purposes of the registry;

∙ Personal promotion;

∙ Engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme;

∙ Do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory;

∙ Do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of BeOnAlert, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other BeOnALert functionality.

Employer Response Guidelines

We believe it is important to give companies, employers, and businesses the opportunity to respond to a claim made by a suspected or proven Reporter of sexual harassment when the case happened at a workplace provided by you as an employer.

In responding to Reports, we ask you to adhere to the following guidelines:  

Be respectful and mindful of the difficulty and sensitivity involved in disclosing the experience that the Reporter has lived through.

Be courteous, polite, and respectful in your tone and choice of words.

Do not reveal any identifying information pertaining to the person who made the Report, in particular their name or any contact details.

Do not threaten the person who made the Report with violence, dismissal, legal action, or other punitive damage.

Make every attempt to work with the person who made the Report to eradicate sexual harassment from your place of work.

Personally Identifying Information

For many, sexual harassment is a difficult topic to discuss. Our goal is to provide an environment where every person can feel comfortable to discuss their experience with sexual harassment in the workplace without fear of repercussion, censorship or unwanted attention.

We therefore believe that every person should have the freedom to express themselves, and do so anonymously. For this reason, the following identity protection guidelines apply:

In order to protect Reporters, we will never publicly display or reveal any personally identifying or contact information about users who make Reports, nor will we allow them to publish any personally identifying information or contact information publicly on our platform.

This includes, but is not limited to: your name or surname, your personal email address, your date of birth, or your home address.

To facilitate satisfactory case resolution for both Reporter’s and companies we offer the option for the Reporter to privately reveal their identity to their own and the Accused’s employer. Reporter’s have complete control over if and when they choose to reveal their identity.

Your Report can have a wider impact if you help BeOnAlert to identify certain information about The Accused, such as their work email and social media handles. This information will be used as search criteria in our database and to alert your and/or The Accused’s employer to your Report.

You can provide this information through the Report form ONLY. BeOnAlert will not post sensitive information about The Accused, such as: their date of birth, home address, personal email address, or personal telephone number; however we may publish their job titles or names.

To protect you and your privacy, we will never reveal your identity to your harasser unless you explicitly ask us to in writing or request to do so through the platform.

We allow Reporters who have identified the same harasser to connect with one another on the provision that both parties mutually request, in writing, that the connection be made.

We believe that the effectiveness of your Report, and its ability to help others, is greatest when you agree to allow BeOnAlert to reach out to you in the case that your Report can help other Reporters or better inform HR departments.

By agreeing to our Terms of Use you agree to allow BeOnAlert to contact you via the email you provide to us during registration with any information we believe may be helpful or of interest to you.

Finally, this is YOUR resource, please help us make this a safe and informative place for all those affected by sexual harassment in the workplace!

If you have any concerns or questions relating to anything related to these Community Guidelines, Our Terms of Use, or our Privacy Policy, please contact: disputes@beonalert.com