Sexual harassment training will need to cover, or exceed, the mandated standards that are being established by New York State.
Harassment occurs when someone is subjected to unwanted sexual advances, petitioned for sexual favors, or physically / verbally abused. Harassment doesn’t have to be of a sexual nature – it can include offensive remarks about a person’s gender. For example, anyone could be guilty of harassing another if offensive comments are made about certain group in general. Simple teasing or offhand comments might not be illegal, but harassment is illegal when it creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
HR executives wear two hats in supporting both executive management and advocating for employees on a daily basis. But what do you do when your executive team over steps legal boundaries and it impacts your entire population?
Here are some facts about claims filed with the EEOC:
When employees were asked in randomly-sampled surveys whether they had experienced sexual harassment at work, 25% answered “yes,” according to the EEOC task force’s study. That number rose to 40% when they were asked whether they had experienced “unwelcome sexually-based behaviors” like unwanted sexual attention or sexual coercion.
Improving Communications is here to partner with you on this important endeavor. Our Workplace Professionalism class is an ideal program for you to bring to your organization in time to meet the new state requirements.
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