This course is about sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s an important subject because sexual harassment is illegal. Our workplace also has a formal policy that prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace—a policy you are responsible for enforcing. But beyond laws and policies, sexual harassment is very damaging to the workplace and work environment. This course will cover what sexual harassment is, why it’s so damaging to employees and the organization, and what you can do about it.
Why “Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Guide for Supervisors” Matters:
Sexual harassment is a form of illegal employment discrimination. To comply with federal and state employment laws, we must prevent sexual harassment whenever possible and correct it if it occurs.
Sexual harassment creates a negative work environment in which people are tense, fearful, uncomfortable, and often humiliated.
Sexual harassment often interferes with effective job performance.
Sexual harassment undermines trust and respect and makes good working relationships impossible.
Sexual harassment also exposes the organization to liability. Employees subjected to sexual harassment on the job can sue their employer for damages.
- Sexual harassment is prohibited by law and workplace policy.
- It involves more than physical conduct; it can also be verbal or visual.
- Sexual harassment harms everyone in the workplace.
- You have a responsibility to identify it, correct it, and help prevent it.