What Your Organization Can Do to Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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What Your Organization Can Do to Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

With TIME Magazine’s declaration that the “Silence Breakers” (i.e., women who have come forward to report their personal experiences as victims of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace) as their “Person of the Year”, there is clearly a desire to see sexual harassment stamped out in the workplace. In addition to this public pressure for change, we’ve already established that sexual harassment in the workplace is expensive and damaging to employers and employees alike.
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The Cost of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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The Cost of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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By now, you’ve probably lost count of how many prominent celebrities, CEOs, and politicians who have publically faced allegations of some form of sexual harassment in the wake of revelations over former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decade’s long pattern of sexual misconduct towards women with whom he worked.
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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements by State

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as any “offensive conduct that may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.”
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Guide to Identifying and Dealing with Workplace Harassment

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what is considered workplace harassment Guide to Identifying and Dealing with Workplace Harassment

Harassment is a form of discrimination protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For employers, harassment which is protected under law is defined as any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or retaliation (such as retaliating against an individual for filing a harassment complaint or participating in an investigation) that occurs in the workplace.

Specifically, verbal or physical behavior is considered harassment when:
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How to Identify and Deal With Workplace Bullying

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How to Identify and Deal With Workplace Bullying

The Workplace Institute in 2014 reports that 35% of the U.S. workforce is being bullied at work. Interestingly, bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job. The primary reason workplace bullying is so common is that bullying is not yet illegal. The impact of bullying to a business is costly.

Overall, it impacts an organization’s performance and success. Bullying is a serious matter that HR professionals and all levels of management need to pay attention to and understand.

We talked with Meg Matejkovic, an employment law attorney, about bullying at the workplace and what it could lead to and how management and HR can help.
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5-Step Checklist to Protect Against Sexual Harassment Liability

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5-Step Checklist to Protect Against Sexual Harassment Liability

Sexual harassment lawsuits continue to make up a large percentage of cases filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and many of the recent cases filed against employers. In addition, digital sexual harassment has become a more common form of sexual harassment through texting, email, and other electronic forms of communication.

Given these trends and that most sexual harassment lawsuits can extremely costly for employers, it's important to thoroughly understand the issue of sexual harassment and follow specific guidelines to stay compliant.
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