Sexual Harassment Prevention. Based on the book Sexual Harassment By Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture March 2002. What Will This Course Cover?. What Constitutes Sexual Harassment Types of Sexual Harassment Where Sexual Harassment Can Occur
Based on the book Sexual Harassment
By Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Sexual Harassment violates the Department’s conduct regulations which defines sexual harassment as:
Virtually any sexually-oriented language, conduct, or behavior can be viewed as sexual harassment if it is unwelcome.
It is the impact of the conduct of behavior on the recipient(s) or on the observer(s), not the intent of the harasser, which determines findings of sexual harassment.
Other behavior or conductTypes of Conduct or Behavior which Constitutes Sexual Harassment
Anywhere and anytime!
Supervisors and managers, non-supervisor co-workers, Federal employees and non-Federal employees (such as contract and vendor employees).
Frequently, harassers have a history or pattern of sexual harassment.Who Can Be a Target of Sexual Harassment and Who Can Be Charged With Allegations of Sexual Harassment?
Anyone can be a target of sexual harassment or can have allegations of sexual harassment brought against them!
Targets of sexual harassment and harassers are:
Every employee must share in the prevention of sexual harassment.
Responsible for their own conduct.
Must know and support the Agency’s policy on sexual harassment.
Become familiar with their rights and responsibilities in preventing and reporting sexual harassment.
Supervisors & Managers Responsibilities:
Know and enforce policies.
Set a clear example of appropriate workplace behavior
Actively monitor for signs.
Follow up with those who have reported sexual harassment.
Ensure that an employee reporting sexual harassment is protected from any form of reprisal.
Ensure that employees know the policy on sexual harassment
Take all allegations seriously
Take swift and appropriate action against harassersWho is responsible for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment?
In 1994,Merit Systems Protection Board conducted a survey in a Federal workplace examining those who had experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention during the preceding two years.
Q1: Unwanted Sexual Attention
Q2: Unwanted Sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions.
*Only 6% reported being harassed.
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