Sexual Harassment: What It is and How to Stop it
We have been hearing a lot about sexual harassment lately. We probably would like to talk about it, but we don’t want to be made fun of and look or sound ignorant to our coworkers concerning the subject. So, what exactly is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that include verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at an individual, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s gender, or based on gender stereotypes, and the behavior is unwelcome.
I started delivering presentations on this topic more than 20 years ago. Some people seem to find it difficult to determine when behavior goes from friendly to sexually harassing.
There are three questions to consider:
- Is my intent the same as the impact?
- Do I display any behaviors at work that have sexual undertones or sexual suggestiveness?
- Is my behavior welcome?
Remember that “unwelcome” is decided by the recipient of the behavior, not the person doing the behavior. Therefore, it is the impact of behavior, not the intent of the person who did the behavior, that determines if sexual harassment has occurred.
Participants will learn:
- the critical terminology related to sexual harassment
- long lists of bad behavior that reflect sexual harassment
- the direct and indirect effects of sexual harassment
- how to address it and make it stop