Different individuals are available to help resolve conflict and, if necessary, initiate a formal complaint through Equity. The Equity Support Spectrum (found in the Not In OUR Space! brochure) outlines options in detail.
Respectful Workspace Advisor
RWAs are trained Equity staff members, who can provide informed and supportive strategies for addressing questions and concerns related to harassment. They will also offer guidance if you need to submit a formal disciplinary complaint to Equity Council.
YOUR RWA IS ALWAYS A GOOD FIRST POINT OF CONTACT
Examples of RWA assistance include:
- Locating and reviewing the Engager's harassment policy.
- Suggesting approaches for resolving the issue.
- Contacting key production personnel on behalf of the complainant if requested.
- Providing information on the filing process.
Engagers are legally responsible for their workspaces. They must have a formal workspace harassment policy, be familiar with it and are responsible for working with you and resolving your complaint.
Stage managers and deputies are two individuals you can speak to if you have concerns. Equity has created resources for stage managers and deputies, which include helpful information on bringing Not in OUR Space! into rehearsal halls and performance venues across the country. In addition, trusted cast members may also be allies.
Equity Council’s complaint protocol is a general disciplinary process for unprofessional member behaviour, and is not designed to address workspace issues immediately. The Executive Director will oversee the initial intake and preparation for Council’s consideration. Council will either determine the appropriate course of action or dismiss the complaint for lack of evidence.
Equity has assembled a list of support organizations and resources with the assistance of an HR professional familiar with the live performance sector. This list intended to be a helpful starting place for Equity members looking for additional assistance.