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Sexual Harassment and You.

Sexual Harassment and You.

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  • 1. DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
    • A form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
      • A person’s job, pay, or career placed at risk
      • An employee’s employment or career placed in jeopardy
      • It creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment
  • 2. DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE
  • 3. QUID PRO QUO
    • Latin term meaning, “this for that”
    • Conditions placed upon a person’s career or terms of employment in return for sexual favors
    • Promises of career advancement, promotions, and other benefits, should the victim give- in to the sexual advances
  • 4. HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT
      • Offensive
      • Unwanted
      • Unsolicited comments and behaviors of a sexual nature
  • 5. VERBAL FORMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT MAY INCLUDE….
    • Sexual or gender based jokes or teasing
    • Words such as “honey”, “sweetie” or “babe”
    • Wolf whistles or other derogatory noises
    • Rumors about a person’s sex life
    • Comments about a person’s body
    • Derogatory comments based on gender
  • 6. THIS MAY ALSO INCLUDE VISUAL FORMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUCH AS….
    • Obscene posters, cartoons, and pin-ups
    • Computer graphics and obscene messages on computer bulletin boards
    • Offensive models, statues, and figurines
  • 7. EVERYONE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY
    • All employees are entitled to respect in the workplace, including the right to be free of sexual harassment on the job. Preventing harassment in the workplace is a responsibility of all employees - no matter what position within the organization.
  • 8. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
    • If I ignore sexual harassment, will it go away?
    • Answer: No. If harassment is ignored it may get worse, because the harasser may think that it’s okay.
    • Can flirting be harassment?
    • Answer: Yes. It can be if the recipient does not appreciate it, or if it makes them feel uncomfortable or badly..
    • It’s okay to tell dirty jokes, isn’t it?
    • Answer: No. While many of your friends may find your jokes funny, it they offend anyone you can be in trouble.
  • 9. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
    • Are the highest rate of sexual harassment against women?
    • Answer: Yes. However, men and homosexual sexual harassment are on the rise and the numbers are alarming.
    • What can I do as one (1) person?
    • Answer: Become an advocate and know that what you know may save someone from becoming a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment knows no age, color, creed, sex, or faith and it could happen to you, a friend, or a family member. Be conscious of what’s going on around you and create a safe environment for you and others.