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Hampstead approves new sexual harassment policy

HAMPSTEAD -- The Hampstead Town Council approved a strengthened sexual harassment policy for the town because its prior one was "very vague" and didn't meet state and federal standards, according to Town Manager Bradley Plante.

"Don't harass people is pretty much what [the old one] says," Plante said.

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The town adopted a policy provided by its liability insurer, Local Government Insurance Trust, which suggested the change to a new policy.

It was swiftly and unanimously approved with one amendment from Councilwoman Marlene Duff. She asked that unlawful comments about an employee's age extend to everyone. Beforehand, the newly adopted policy stated negative comments about an age were unlawful when referring to an employee 40 years or older.

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In other news, the Town Council unanimously passed a resolution to an ordinance passed last month that allowed the issuance of a $500,000 general obligation bond to repair roads. The resolution allows Mayor Christopher Nevin and Plante to sign and expend the bond's funds, according to Plante and the resolution.

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