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  • Sexual Harassment Alyssa, Denise, Earvin, Chelsea, Kai, and Chris
  • Video
  • Activity: Voice in the Room What do you think about when someone says “sexual harassment”?
  • Objectives Understand the definition and be able to state the EEOC definition Identify behaviors List possible consequences Discuss what to do
  • Growing Awareness: Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas 1991 court hearings against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas Controversy ensued Thomas still confirmed as Supreme Court judge, but raised awareness and encouraged women to come forward with claims of harassment
  • Sexual Harassment Defined Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ● Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, or ● Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or ● Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. -U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
  • Simply Stated, Sexual Harassment is... Unwelcome verbal, visual, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or based on someone’s sex that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. -Equal Rights Advocates
  • Two Types of Sexual Harassment 1. Quid Pro Quo 2. Hostile Environment -Society of Human Resource Management
  • Quid Pro Quo Most commonly recognized form of sexual harassment in the work place Occurs when: Benefits are contingent on providing of sexual behaviors -or- The rejection of providing sexual behaviors results in a consequence such as tangible employee detriment
  • Hostile Environment Harassment is sexual or other discriminatory conduct that is so severe and pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s ability to perform their job; creates an intimidating, offensive, threatening or humiliating work environment; or causes a situation where a person’s psychological well-being is adversely affected. -Society of Human Resource Management
  • Behaviors Sexual Harassment victims can be men and women at any level of employment Behaviors include: ● Actions must be unwelcome or intimidating and create a threatening or hostile environment including: ○ Physical behaviors ○ Using crude or offensive language ○ Using degrading terms that refer to gender or sexual orientation ○ Sending crude emails ○ Spreading inappropriate rumors - National Association of School Psychologists
  • Identifying Behaviors Identifying sexual harassment can be tricky Harassers have their side of the story The opinion of the harassed, not the harasser, is most important Important to consider context of situation - National Association of School Psychologists
  • Stoplight Activity Red = STOP Clearly a sexual harassment situation Yellow = Slow Down Situation is possibly crossing the line Green = Go! Situation is appropriate - Secretary of Navy Instruction
  • Prevention Clear anti-harassment policies are communicated to all employees Employees should: ● be aware of what can be considered harassment ● know what steps to take if it occurs Employers must: ● Educate ● Discipline ● Provide support/protection - Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
  • Consequences ● Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for investigating charges of job discrimination related to sex discrimination ● Required change in workplace practices and behavior ● Employer and offender both legally responsible -U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
  • Consequences Common Consequences of Sexual Harassment in the workplace: ● Conference/probation/citation ● Termination ● Law suits ● Jail Time -
  • What to do ● Speak up ● Complete a sexual harassment complaint form ● Keep a written record of the incidents ● Tell someone you trust ● Identify an advocate or counselor ● Write a letter to harasser ● Complain to organizations such as Equal Employment Opportunities Commission ● Contact the police and/or file a lawsuit - Equal Opportunities Commission
  • Activity - Group Scenarios With your groups, read through the scenarios and decide how the second person will react to the scenarios Groups will then present their scenarios and give a brief description for why they chose the second person to react as they did
  • Summary Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile work environment Two types: Quid pro quo and hostile environment There are a wide range of behaviors Opinions of the harassed outweigh opinions of the harasser
  • Summary Continued Policies have to be communicated to all employers and employees Consequences of sexual harassment can range from citations to jail time It is important to report sexual harassment incidents and also to tell someone you trust about the situation
  • After today you should be able to... Understand the definition and be able to state the EEOC definition Identify behaviors List possible consequences Discuss what to do if a situation occurs