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Sexual Harassment – Does it Still Exist

Sexual harassment. Does it still exist in the workplace? You would think that by now with all the training and exposure in the media, film and literature, everyone will know what sexual harassment is and what will happen to them if they participate in it. But this does not happen. According to a survey conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, 31% of women and 16% of men had experienced harassment in the workplace. Actors are stupid or they just do not care? It may be a little of both.

The best way to prevent abuse in the first place is to have a clearly documented sexual harassment policy and to conduct prevention training. There are a number of excellent training programs of sexual harassment that you can find on DVD-based program / Video can show specific examples and employees can understand the more subtle types of harassment. Most of these packages contain the employee handouts and forms as well as a comprehensive guide to the leader to help employers do the training without any outside consultants or experts.

There are two legally defined definition of Sexual Harassment – Quid Pro Quo and Hostile work environment harassment. Quid Pro Quo means “something for something”. This is where the benefits of work directly related to submitting to the abuse – such as the promotion or the threat of job loss.

Hostile Work Environment harassment means an employee is subjected to unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual words or pictures. There is no threat of a job gain or loss with this type of harassment.