#METOO – Is It the New Normal?
Today the workforce has taken a drastic change. We turn on the news and another famous person is allegedly accused of sexual harassment. What does that mean for the workplace and creating lasting change?
Forty six percent of the total labor force is women. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits verbal or physical contact of an unwelcome nature based on age, color, creed, gender, disability, national origin, religion, or sexual preference. An environment of quid pro quo (if you do something for me, I will do something for you) or a hostile work environment is against the law and violators can be charged and prosecuted for the crime of harassment or sexual harassment. According to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates a person’s civil rights. Activities that are prohibited and might constitute sexual harassment include:
- Sexual pranks, or repeated sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo, in person or via e-mail;
- Verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
- Touching or grabbing of a sexual nature;
- Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person;
- Repeatedly asking a person to socialize during off-duty hours when the person has said no or has indicated he or she is not interested (supervisors should be careful not to pressure their employees to socialize);
- Giving gifts or leaving objects that are sexually suggestive;
- Repeatedly making sexually suggestive gestures;
- Making or posting sexually demeaning or offensive pictures, cartoons or other materials in the workplace;
- Off-duty, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects the work environment.
A victim of sexual harassment can be a man or a woman. The victim can be of the same sex as the harasser. The harasser can be a supervisor, co-worker, other Department employee, or a non-employee who has a business relationship with the Department.
The law has stepped in to protect the work environment from being a political land mine. Every employee deserves the right to work without hate, sexual overtones or unfair advantage. There is no room in our society for one group to create the language and rules for the workplace environment.
What we will do: 2 hours workshop with PowerPoint and videos detailing examples, steps you can take in the workplace, policy that can be immediately implemented. Testing and Certificates of Completion available for your training records.
Target Audience: Business Owners, Directors, Managers, Employees
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