Many HR professionals understand the importance of Sexual Harassment training and seminars. I know from previous employment experiences that my boss did not spend adequate time on this issue, resulting in a lack of control and standard regarding sexual harassment. What do you think the importance is of these training exercises? Does this importance differ when training different levels of employees (i.e. corporate positions to hourly minimum wage employees)?

Although I believe that sexual harassment is not acceptable at any age, the tolerance for comments and gestures from other employees in the work place differs through different age brackets. I have talked to many of my peers and older mentors about the same issues and received many different opinions in return. If one of your collegues said a comment or acted inappropriately, many of the younger women and men stated that they would play it off with a joking nature and continue working. Many of these peers thought it was not acceptable, but not a big enough issue to take it to their management. On the other hand, my older mentor’s tolerance for comments or actions is dramatically decreased. They were quicker to talk to their managers and file complaints. I dont want to stereotype workers in age brackets, but because with every generation the culture changes and people generally become more accepting to such behavior. Have you ever seen or spoken with someone who has gone through a situation like this? If so, what is your opinion on the severity of sexual harassment in the workplace? How far would you play the situation down, before you brought it up to upper level management?

When most of us think about sexual harassment, we think of a skit or corny educational video that we have seen in the past. Although the need for comic relief within our workplace is essential, how far should media sources go when regarding this serious issue? Do you think that skits and out dated training programs poke fun of sexual harassment?

With the popularity of social media and blogs rising, the mis-use of pictures and conversations online can lead to sexual harassment in and out of the workplace. The question then rises, if an employee sends another employee a inappropriate picture or conversation out of the workplace, will it affect the environment and attitude while they are in the office?

Sexual Harassment: Website Links

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Links

Each website is different and very informative, so check them out to learn different aspects of Sexual Harassment!

The Equal Rights Advocates: http://www.equalrights.org/publications/kyr/shwork.asp This website is VERY informative and has definitions and examples of what sexual harassment may be. There are many different forms of sexual harassment, including: verbal, non verbal, physical, and visual. Each form is equal in the weight of importance in identifying and preventing.

Human Resources for About.com: http://humanresources.about.com/od/glossarys/a/sexualharassdef.htm This website is inclusive with policies and procedures you should include in your employee handbook and guidelines. It is a great resource for HR professionals.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Primer written by Barry Roberts and Richard Mann http://www3.uakron.edu/lawrev/robert1.html 

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29851.html

Sexual Harassment: Tips for both Employers and Employees http://www.employer-employee.com/sexhar1.htm 

National Women’s Law Center. Information for women, work fairness and flexibility in the workplace.  http://www.nwlc.org/details.cfm?id=459&section=employment

HR: Sexual Harassment. This website has information regarding the available laws, rules, and consults available for services. http://www.hr-guide.com/data/072.htm

Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet: http://www.dotcr.ost.dot.gov/Documents/complaint/Preventing_Sexual_Harassment.htm 

Identifying Workplace Sexual Harassment: http://www.articlesbase.com/human-resources-articles/identifying-workplace-sexual-harassment-2778631.html

In my recent blog, Sexual Harassment Statistics I referred to this link: http://www.sexualharassmentsupport.org/SHworkplace.html

Discussion 1: Stereotypes

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Blog Posts, Discussion

Although many of my peers have little to no experience within the corporate industry, I am sure that many of us can think of common stereotypes of the agressor or victim for a sexual harassment case. What are some stereotypes that are common with this discrimination?

Sexual Harassment Statistics

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Blog Posts

Sexual Harassment is a major issue that needs to be addressed within our workplace. Ignoring it, only makes this issue and problems worse.  Sexual Harassment Support is a great website that offers support, advice, and statistics to everyone who has suffered from harassment in the workplace. I found that this is a great and knowledgeable link.

A telephone poll by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 U.S. workers
revealed:

  • 31% of the female workers reported they had been harassed at
    work
  • 7% of the male workers reported they had been harassed at work
  • 62% of targets took no action
  • 100% of women reported the harasser was a man
  • 59% of men reported the harasser was a woman
  • 41% of men reported the harasser was another man

Of the women who had been harassed:

  • 43% were harassed by a supervisor
  • 27% were harassed by an employee senior to them
  • 19% were harassed by a coworker at their level
  • 8% were harassed by a junior employee

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