Presentation on theme: "It’s all about Respect in the Workplace!"— Presentation transcript:
1 It’s all about Respect in the Workplace! Avoiding Harassment:It’s all about Respect in the Workplace!
2 Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination All employees have the right to work in an environment free of illegal harassment.Whose responsibility is it to maintain respectful workplace?SourceTargetObserversPersons in positions of authority
4 Marshalltown’s Policy It is the policy of the City of Marshalltown, Iowa to prohibit harassment and to maintain a professional and quality working environment for all employees.Every employee and supervisor is responsible for eliminating harassmentReport within 5 days to Supervisor, Department Director, City AdministratorHuman Resources and Department Director notified; Immediate investigationAs confidential as possibleNo retaliationDiscipline up to and including termination
5 Why is Respect so important? No one wants to work in an environment where he/she feels uncomfortable or harassedOpposite of a Respectful workplace == workplace of discrimination and discomfortNot only harmful, but illegal.Law guarantees all employees a workplace free from discrimination and harassment
6 FOUR MAIN REASONS YOU SHOULD BE RESPECTFUL IN THE WORKPLACE Job Satisfaction – No one likes to come to work when they are being harassed or witness harassment.Job Productivity – When there is harassment in the workplace, obviously employees are not being productive and getting their work done.Job Security: - As a potential harasser – it could cost you your job! At a minimum you will be disciplined on some level and could be terminated.Entanglement in legal matters – Harassment can lead to lawsuits, and everyone suffers – the alleged harasser, the victim, and other employees who may be called into court proceedings as witnesses. It is extremely unpleasant!
7 THE LAW Definition of Sexual Harassment and Other Unlawful Harassment The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as:Any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s employmentSubmission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individualSuch conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment
8 QUID PRO QUO HARASSMENT “This for That”Only occurs between person in position of authority and a subordinate
9 EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITED CONDUCT (not all inclusive list) Spoken or written comments relating to a person’s sex or other protected characteristic, including off color jokesAny unwelcome advance or contact of a sexual natureSexually oriented comments about a person’s body or behaviorShowing or displaying pornographic or sexually explicit objects, or illustrations in the workplace or while performing duties for the employerLeering, stares, gesturesTouching someone – brushes, pats, grabbing, shoulder rubs, hugsExcessive attention – love letters, texts, s, calls, gifts
10 HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT UnwelcomeSex-based conductOffensive (both personal and objective)Severe or pervasiveANDBehavior that has the purpose or effect of:Unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performanceORCreating an abusive working environment that’s intimidating, hostile or offensive
11 Would I say this to my Grandma? WHAT IS UNWELCOME?Not wantedWhat about silence?What about joining in?Take the “Grandma Test” before you say or do anything:Would I say this to my Grandma?If it’s not about Business it’s none of your Business!
12 WHAT DOES OFFENSIVE MEAN? Would a Reasonable Person be Offended?“But I didn’t mean that….I was only joking….I didn’t mean to hurt his/her feelings.”Intent doesn’t matter!
13 SEVERE OR PERVASIVE ELEMENT HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?Hostile Environment – Pervasive ConductA pattern of repeated conduct is usually requiredElements of:How severe is the behavior?How often does it occur?
14 MUST BE LINKED TO WORK The behavior has the purpose or effect of: Unreasonable interference with an individual’s work performanceORCreate an abusive working environment that is intimidating, hostile or offensive
15 NOT HARASSMENTInsisting that people be at work on time and perform dutiesInsisting people meet performance expectations.
16 WHO CAN MAKE A COMPLAINT? Male harasser/Female complainantFemale harasser/Male complainantMale harasser/Male complainantFemale harasser/Female complainantVendors, customers, citizens
17 REPORTING PROCEDUREEmployees may either:Report to Supervisor/Manager of their areaHuman ResourcesCity Administrator
18 REPORTS AND COMPLAINTS EVERYONE has responsibility to report all concerns about potential harassment to Human ResourcesSourceTargetObserversPersons in position of authority
19 REPORTS WILL BE:Kept as confidential as possibleInvestigated promptlyAction, if appropriate, will be takenNo retaliation
20 WHERE CAN YOU FIND POLICY? Sexual Harassment policy is on the City webpage and Employee IntranetMaterials from this presentation will be available electronically from HRCopies of policies available in HRPart of new employee orientation: policy provided and training
21 LIABILITIES The City and individuals can be held liable! Supervisors can be personally liable for engaging in harassing behaviorSupervisors can be personally liable for failing to take action when knew or should have known harassment was occurring.Individuals may have to obtain own attorney and pay for damages
22 EXAMPLE 1Nathan, Michelle and Tina are co-workers who often hang out together. Tina wanders by Nathan’s office and sees Michelle in there. Michelle motions to Tina to come in and close the door. Nathan then shows her an off-color he received from a friend. Michelle laughs hysterically and tells Nathan has a sick mind, just like hers. Tina says nothing and walks out.
23 QUESTIONS Is this sexual harassment? Why or why not? Can it be sexual harassment if one woman is offended but another is not?Has Tina conveyed to Michelle or Nathan that she finds this material offensive?What risks is Nathan taking by receiving and showing off color s?
24 EXAMPLE 2Ann was hired as the first female on the engineering construction crew. After only six months on the job she resigned. During her exit interview with an HR representative, she explained that she could no longer put up with the sexual comments the crew made about women in general. She said the foreman once told her “Boys will be boys. You have to learn to live with it.” Is this a case of sexual harassment?
25 WHICH ANSWER IS CORRECT? A. No because the comments were not made about her or to her.B. No. None of the crew touched her or asked for sexual favors.C. It may be.