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What is a Sexual Harassment?
The EEOC describes sexual harassment as unlawful harassment to someone, including:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Verbal or physical harassment
- Lastly, offensive speech about one’s sex
Above all, training for sexual harassment is critical for companies to stay compliant no matter how large or small a business is.
In what ways can sexual harassment occur?
According to the EEOC, sexual harassment can occur in many different ways, including:
- Can occur across same sex victims.
- The harassers may be supervisors, co-workers, or non-employees.
- The offensive acts to someone else have the potential to affect victims.
- Lastly, the harasser’s act is unwelcome by the victim.
The EEOC released current state stats in the workplace, including:
- 47 states ban discrimination.
- 12 states cover the harassment under the protection against workplace discrimination based on sex.
- 24 states clearly state that sexual harassment is not allowed in the workplace.
- Lastly, 8 states go beyond banning these practices and require employers to provide training.
Sexual Harassment Training:
Lastly, trainings with a focus on laws and proper workplace behaviors are important for organizations to implement. Not to mention, trainings protects your company from costly fines.
Related Terms: Discrimination, Training, EEOC