Sexual Harassment: A Commonsense Approach - Employee Version
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Sexual harassment is one of the thorniest personnel issues employees can encounter. In more subtle cases, the offender might be unaware that he or she has crossed a line into inappropriate workplace behavior or speech. As they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and training employees to become more aware of the legal issues involved in sexual harassment is an effective method of preventing some of these sticky situations.
This video focuses on some of the legal issues involved with sexual harassment, including the two main types of sexual harassment: quid-pro-quo (Latin for “this for that”) in which one party uses his position in the company as a form of sexual bartering, and hostile work environment, wherein a repeated pattern of inappropriate behavior and comments causes discomfort or intimidation for another employee, sometimes reaching a point where legal action is felt to be the only remedy. The video discusses the impact of these types of sexual harassment on employee morale, beyond the actual parties directly involved, and the potential costs to the employer for allowing these behaviors to occur at the work site.
Sexual harassment trainer Linda Garrett and attorney Brandon Blevins host the video and provide commentary and analysis of several illustrative scenarios showing different work situations and behavior that are all too common in some work environments. They also cover a wide variety of “grey area” examples of awkward interactions, such as hugging, offering compliments on an employee’s physical appearance, employee dating, and humorous comments and joking that goes too far.
A Trainer’s Guide ($29.95) is available separately from the video, providing trainers with suggestions and materials to conduct a more extensive classroom presentation in this subject area. Also included with the guide are evaluation forms, certificates of attendance and sign-up sheets.