Council to consider banning ‘disruptive behavior’

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Hollister City Council members Monday are set to consider
enacting a policy that bans

disruptive behavior

in city facilities in light of what the city manager described
as instances when residents have been

almost physically threatening toward

employees.
HOLLISTER

Hollister City Council members Monday are set to consider enacting a policy that bans “disruptive behavior” in city facilities in light of what the city manager described as instances when residents have been “almost physically threatening toward” employees.

The resolution as described in a city staff report would prohibit disruptive behavior and define it under the new law, along with specifying “remedies available to city staff” if it occurs.

The measure would essentially reiterate employment laws that require the city, as an employer, has to “maintain a workplace environment in which employees are free from harassment,” according to the report, which goes on to note harassment can take many forms, including verbal abuse.

“We’ve just had some issues with people who have gone in and been almost physically threatening toward folks,” City Manager Clint Quilter said.

The staff report also notes that employment laws require the city to take “all reasonable steps to prevent harassment from occurring and to enact corrective measures to ensure that any misconduct does not re-occur.”

The resolution says anyone who doesn’t leave a city facility for violating the proposed policy would be subject to arrest and prosecution.

The council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St.

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