Presentation on theme: "Sexual Harassment “The Issue is Respect”. Sexual harassment is a serious issue in the workplace. It has a negative impact on the victim, can result in."— Presentation transcript:
Sexual harassment is a serious issue in the workplace. It has a negative impact on the victim, can result in disciplinary action (including termination) for the harasser, and can create legal liability for the employer. No one wins.
Typical Company Sexual Harassment Training Program Define Sexual Harassment. To prevent sexual harassment in the workplace by developing a clear understanding of what sexual harassment is and how it impacts people. To explore the responsibility of each employee to help maintain an environment free from harassment by being aware of behaviors that can offend people and by clearly communicating that offensive behavior must stop.
Typical Company Sexual Harassment Training Program To develop an environment where employees respect and value each other as individuals. Review Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy. To understand who to contact in addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Legal Definition of SH Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and violates both Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as State discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that enforces the federal law.
Legal Definition of SH (Cont) The EEOC’s guidelines define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: Submission to such conduct is made an implicit or explicit condition of employment; Submission to or rejection of such conduct affects employment opportunities; or The conduct interferes with an employee's work or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Practical Definition of SH TWO KINDS of Sexual Harassment Quid Pro Quo Hostile Environment
Quid Pro Quo Where employment decision or expectations are based on an employee’s willingness to grant or deny sexual favors. Examples Demanding sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or a raise Disciplining or firing a subordinate who ends a romantic relationship Changing performance expectations after a subordinate refuses repeated requests for a date
Hostile Environment Where verbal or non-verbal behavior in the workplace: 1. Focuses on the sexuality of another person or occurs because of the person’s gender 2. Is unwanted or unwelcome, and 3. Is severe or pervasive enough to affect the person’s work environment
Hostile Environment Examples: Off-color jokes or teasing Comments about body parts or sex life Suggestive pictures, posters, calendars or cartoons Leering, stares, or gestures Repeated requests for dates Excessive attention in the form of love letters, telephone calls or gifts Touching – brushes, pats, hugs, shoulder rubs or pinches Assault / rape
DSU Sexual Harassment Policy Policy Training Acknowledgement form Contact information