Are You Prepared To Be the Next Social Media Blitz, Identified on #MeToo, or a Headline in the Newspaper? : Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Duration: 90 Minutes
Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, Garrison Keillor, members of Congress, and various State law makers have been accused of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. But there is a difference between pulling one’s pants down in front of a female colleague at work and touching a woman on her buttocks during a photo op—isn’t there? What is that difference? Are both examples considered sexual harassment? What exactly is sexual harassment? Sexual assault? Questions and confusion abound with the current seismic national—and international—tsunami of women coming forward to disclose their victimization. The #MeToo movement is providing a platform for women’s voices to be shared as they tell their stories.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 503541
But it is not only famous powerful men, such as celebrities and law makers, who sexually harass women (and sometimes men), powerful men (and occasionally women) in every industry may find they either have in the past, or are currently guilty of aggressive propositioning, touching, or telling off-color jokes. Sexual harassment exists at every level from universities, to workplaces, to healthcare and even in law firms. Antics or bad behavior such as this are unacceptable in the workplace and against company policy, but do these behaviors rise to the very high standard of illegal sexual harassment?

Objectives of the Presentation
    This webinar will:
  • Differentiate between flirting and sexual harassment; illegal harassment versus psychological harassment; and bullying versus sexual harassment.
  • Discuss the effective elements in your organization’s prevention strategy
  • Review complaint procedures that must be incorporated into your harassment policy
  • List the critical elements of sexual harassment training
  • Identify the effects of sexual harassment on the target, the work unit, and the organization
  • Discuss retaliation
  • Identify the steps to take if you are targeted by a sexual harasser
  • Explain management’s legal and ethical responsibility in the prevention and intervention of sexual harassment
  • Explain what a supervisor “really” is
  • Discuss whether sexual harassment can exist Outside of work
  • Examine Men’s concerns regarding sexual harassment at work
  • Discuss the steps to take if an employee complains about an “old” incident of sexual harassment
Why Should you Attend
The U. S. Supreme Court has stated that organizations must prevent sexual harassment from occurring in their workplaces. This webinar will outline prevention strategies. The prevention strategies will minimize your liability. Workplaces should be based on equality, respect and dignity. What is your workplace’s values regarding these three elements of equality, respect, and dignity? Supervisors are often the first line of defense in confronting sexual harassment; the webinar will outline who is a supervisor, which will surprise many attendees. It is critical for every workplace to recognize what good sexual harassment entails – it is not a 20-30 on-line course, so what is it then? Are there actual times when an employer is responsible for sexual harassment that occurs outside the workplace—the webinar will discuss those possibilities. This webinar will provide men (and women) guidelines on how to determine if their workplace behavior is appropriate.

Who will Benefit
Human resources professionals, supervisors, managers, team leads, and all employees would benefit from this information

Topic Background
No matter one’s gender, everyone has the legal and ethical right to be free from sexual harassment and assault. So what prevention and intervention strategies have your organization created and implemented to address the epidemic of sexual harassment? Are those strategies working? According to the 2016 EEOC report on harassment in the workplace, 90% of those who say they were harassed never reported it or took formal action. Considering this sobering statistic, what will you do differently? Do you or your employer tolerate or ignore any employee who has a reputation for sexually inappropriate behavior. Perhaps he gets excused with comments such as “Oh, that’s just George; he doesn’t mean anything by it.” The EEOC also found that sexual harassment complaints are continuing to increase despite some organizations conducting sexual harassment training. They determined the type and format of training is largely ineffective.
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Instructor Profile:
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
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