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HARASSMENT INTHE
WORKPLACE
Demetria R. Johnson, MHRM, CPP
September 2010
I. The law against harassment
II. Harassment in the workplace
III. Form of harassment
IV. Harassment defined
V. Reporting ...
It is illegal to harass an employee because of race, color, religion, sex (including
pregnancy), national origin, age, dis...
Takes on many forms
Jokes and derogatory comments, pictures, physical,
and/or unfavorable treatment
The Employer & Employe...
Age
Disability
National Origin
Race & Color
Religion
Pregnancy
Sex
Sexual Harassment
Who do you believe can subject an employee to harassment?
Harassment
Any employee/
Or agent of the Company
The harasser ca...
Is harassment limited to the workplace?
NO
Harassment outside of the workplace may also be illegal if there is a
link with...
Sexual Harassment
• Unwelcomed sexual advances
• Request for sexual favors
• Verbal or physical harassment of sexual
natur...
Sex based harassment and discrimination can occur with
• Job assignments
• Promotions
• Training
• Hiring
• Lay-offs
• Or ...
As an extension to sex and sexual
harassment, Pregnancy harassment can
take place in the form of
• Jokes and comments
• Jo...
Harassing a person or treating them different because of their
• Religious beliefs
• Married to someone of a certain relig...
Harassment in this form can occur when a person is harassed
because
• They are from another country
• Their ethnicity, or
...
Employees with disabilities can be
victims of harassment, if harassed as a
result of
• A Disability
• A Prior disability, ...
Age related harassment includes offensive remarks about a person’s
age
• Age harassment can also be interpreted as discrim...
Reporting Harassment
There are a number of way to
handle/report incidents of
harassment:
• Informal process – address the
...
If you believe you have been a victim of harassment you should:
• Immediately write down the date and time of incident, th...
Any Questions
Questions
Questions
Questions
Questions
Questions
Questions
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  1. 1. HARASSMENT INTHE WORKPLACE Demetria R. Johnson, MHRM, CPP September 2010
  2. 2. I. The law against harassment II. Harassment in the workplace III. Form of harassment IV. Harassment defined V. Reporting harassment VI. Q&A Training Agenda
  3. 3. It is illegal to harass an employee because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information Harassment can take the form of slurs, graffiti, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct. Sexual harassment (including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature) is also unlawful. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, this type of behavior can create an offensive work environment, which can be classified as harassment if other circumstances support the victims statement. Harassment is illegal if it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or if it results in an adverse employment decision… ~ U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission The Law
  4. 4. Takes on many forms Jokes and derogatory comments, pictures, physical, and/or unfavorable treatment The Employer & Employee (harasser) are liable Creates a hostile or offensive work environment Creating a Culture for an Harassment Free workplace Harassment in theWorkplace
  5. 5. Age Disability National Origin Race & Color Religion Pregnancy Sex Sexual Harassment
  6. 6. Who do you believe can subject an employee to harassment? Harassment Any employee/ Or agent of the Company The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co- worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
  7. 7. Is harassment limited to the workplace? NO Harassment outside of the workplace may also be illegal if there is a link with the workplace. For example, if a supervisor harasses an employee while driving the employee to a meeting Harassment
  8. 8. Sexual Harassment • Unwelcomed sexual advances • Request for sexual favors • Verbal or physical harassment of sexual nature • Threatening or subjecting sexual favors as part of ones job or work assignments
  9. 9. Sex based harassment and discrimination can occur with • Job assignments • Promotions • Training • Hiring • Lay-offs • Or other negative employment practice As a result of someone's sex/gender or association with a particular sex/gender Sex Harassment
  10. 10. As an extension to sex and sexual harassment, Pregnancy harassment can take place in the form of • Jokes and comments • Job assignments • Training, and • Employment Pregnancy harassment is also considered to be discriminatory Pregnancy Harassment
  11. 11. Harassing a person or treating them different because of their • Religious beliefs • Married to someone of a certain religious belief • Religious practice or religious dress/grooming Is harassment and discriminatory Harassment occurs when someone makes jokes or derogatory comments about a person’s religious beliefs Religion Harassment
  12. 12. Harassment in this form can occur when a person is harassed because • They are from another country • Their ethnicity, or • They appear to be from a certain ethnic background • The appear to be from another country National Origin/Race/Color
  13. 13. Employees with disabilities can be victims of harassment, if harassed as a result of • A Disability • A Prior disability, or • Is believed to have a physical or mental impairment Disability Harassment
  14. 14. Age related harassment includes offensive remarks about a person’s age • Age harassment can also be interpreted as discrimination • This form of harassment and/or discrimination is protected by ADEA The federal protection covers individuals over the age of 40; however younger employee can become victims of age harassment and/or discrimination Age Harassment
  15. 15. Reporting Harassment There are a number of way to handle/report incidents of harassment: • Informal process – address the individual • Bring the issue to your immediate supervisor’s attention • Formal Complaint Process – notify Human Resources
  16. 16. If you believe you have been a victim of harassment you should: • Immediately write down the date and time of incident, the individuals involved and what took place. • If you’re comfortable - talk to the individual(s) and express your concerns regarding their behavior • Report the incident to your immediate supervisor • If the complaint is not resolved and harassment continues or worsens the incident(s) must be reported to Human Resources The formal complaint process is more extensive and may involve a broad investigation process to include possible legal action/involvement with the parties involved Reporting Harassment
  17. 17. Any Questions Questions Questions Questions Questions Questions Questions Questions ??
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