LOKAL is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of inclusion. LOKAL believes that everyone who participates in CoWorking & CoLiving deserves respect and an experience free from harassment or discrimination. Likewise, everyone also deserves a clear and direct way to report and deal with any form of harassment, discrimination, or other grievances, whether it involves other participants, sponsors, organizers, speakers, or staff. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
LOKAL Tbilisi is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religious affiliation. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Participants violating these rules may face consequences including, but not limited to, expulsion from the facilities without a refund. By utilizing LOKAL Tbilisi facilities, you are agreeing to abide by these guidelines. We expect our community to help us realize a safe and positive experience for everyone.
WHAT CONSTITUTES HARASSMENT
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Verbal comments that reinforce discrimination based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
Sexually-charged jokes, statements, or comments.
Creation or display of sexual images in public spaces.
Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwanted following.
Harassing photography or video/audio recording.
Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
Inappropriate physical contact.
Invasion of personal space.
Unwelcome sexual attention.
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
These behaviors, as well as others described below, are not conducive to a welcoming environment and are therefore prohibited from our facilities.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, LOKAL Tbilisi retains the right to take action in order to maintain a welcoming environment for members, guests, or event attendees. This includes warnings, expulsion from the facility without a refund, or other measures deemed appropriate. LOKAL Staff are authorized to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, making the environment hostile for any members, guests, or event attendees. We expect participants to follow these rules at all facilities, and LOKAL-related social activities.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, we encourage you to report it as soon as possible. LOKAL staff have been instructed on how to respond to harassment. All claims are taken seriously and will be handled by dedicated staff.
LOKAL Tbilisi requests that you email us at email@example.com, or notify us in person to report any harassment. We promise to fully investigate and act on information we receive through. LOKAL reserves the right to contact the reporting party for any clarification or follow-up.
When taking a personal report, our staff will make sure that we discuss your issue privately and securely. They may involve other LOKAL staff to ensure your report is managed properly. At this point, we will ask you to go over the details of the harassment. This can be a difficult process, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you are welcome to bring someone with you for support. We will never ask you to confront someone, and we will not relay your name or information to the accused. Our team will be happy to put you in touch with security, law enforcement, or any other local services you request. We want you to feel safe and comfortable.
By utilizing LOKAL facilities or attending LOKAL events, either on or off-site, you agree that;
(a) LOKAL, and any authorized event sponsors are permitted to photograph, video, and sound record you and utilize your voice, image and likeness, in whole or in part, in any media whatsoever, in any manner; (b) you will not use content that you capture at LOKAL (including but not limited to photos, video and/or audio) (collectively, the “Captured Content”) for commercial purposes without the prior written consent of LOKAL; (c) you will not use Captured Content to imply any endorsement or sponsorship of your business, services and/or products by LOKAL; (d) you are responsible for obtaining all consents, approvals, and releases necessary from any third-party for your use of the Captured Content (including any individuals, trademark owners, etc. appearing in the Captured Content); (e) Captured Content may not be licensed to a third-party for any purposes without the prior written approval of LOKAL; and (f) you grant to LOKAL a non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to all copyrights associated with the Captured Content.
As language is both a reflection of and a contributor towards culture, we do ask that all participants use language that demonstrates the best aspects of coworking culture and avoid language that could alienate or disparage others. This means we ask that you follow these guidelines for what constitutes disrespectful language.
There is no place at LOKAL for language that is openly or casually degrading to a person or group. Any words or phrases, no matter how seemingly innocuous, that perpetuate negative stereotypes and communicate exclusion are not allowed. Some of these can be subtle and said without any ill-will, which is why we encourage participants to examine their own language and use this guide as an opportunity for learning. For some examples of language that we are trying to avoid, please see the below examples.
Racism is deeply rooted across societies globally, exists among all social classes, and is connected to a long history of violence, oppression, and domination. Addressing individuals or a group of people in a diminutive, derogative, or malicious way based on their (assumed) race and ethnic background is racist, disrespectful, and harmful. We do not tolerate any racist behavior, slurs, statements, or jokes.
Words like “crazy,” “dumb,” “insane,” or “lame” are examples of language that devalues people who have physical or mental disabilities. Many people use these words not because they seek to be hurtful, but because they are attempting to describe something they perceive to be outside of the norm, which reinforces harmful stereotypes and impacts real people. Instead, try to broaden your vocabulary and find ways to express yourself that are more appropriate, inclusive, and elegant.
We strongly advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as any gendered terms. Everyone is expected to respect each other’s chosen pronouns. Try to avoid using words like “dude” or “guys” to address groups. This shorthand contributes to linguistic barriers that drive exclusion and an unwelcoming environment.
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify staff with a concise description of your grievance.