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For Business & Professional Communications, I did a persuasive PowerPoint presentation on sexual harassment in the work place.

For Business & Professional Communications, I did a persuasive PowerPoint presentation on sexual harassment in the work place.


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  • 1. Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
    Sara Surber
  • 2. What is Sexual Harassment?
    A form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    Examples include but are not limited to:
    Unwelcome sexual advances
    Requests for sexual favors
    Verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature
  • 3. Facts About Harassment
    According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission nearly 12,696 claims of sexual harassment were filed in 2009.
    From that number 16 percent were filed by males
    Sources; US. Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Workplace Fairness, and the International Labor Organization
  • 4. Why People Remain Silent
    Confusion
    Uncertainty
    Lack of acceptance
    Difficulty understanding
    Isolation
    Disbelief
    Placement of blame
    Fear loss of job
  • 5. StatisticsA telephone poll by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 U.S. workers revealed:
    31 % of 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 were harassed by a man
    59% of men were harassed by a woman
    41 % of men were harassed by a man
  • 6. StatisticsOf the women 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
  • 7. Negative Effects on Companies
    Decreased work performance
    Increased absenteeism to avoid harassment
    Defamation of reputation
    Financial loss from lawsuits and legal fees
  • 8. Negative Effects on Individuals
    Retaliation from harasser
    Being objectified and humiliated
    Defamation of character
    Loss of job and income
    Loss of career
  • 9. AlternativesVictims of harassment can and should:
    Take back the power ( know your rights and use them)
    Report incidents
    Support other victims ( power in numbers)
  • 10. AlternativesCompanies can and should:
    Implement sexual harassment prevention training programs
    Enforce a written sexual harassment policy
    Handle complaints professionally and promptly
  • 11. Benefits to Companies
    Saving millions of dollars in lawsuits
    Protecting overall reputation
    Increasing work productivity
    Maintaining safe work environment
  • 12. Summary
    Victims who fail to take action encourage further harassment to themselves and others.
    Employers should take these claims seriously and enforce their own policies.
    If individuals and institutions address and handle these situations appropriately, I believe the number of sexual harassment claims filed each year would gradually decrease.