Gender Issues Training. Are You Guilty of Sexual Harassment or Offensive Talk?. Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is described as : Unwelcome sexual advances
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Are You Guilty of Sexual Harassment or Offensive Talk?
Sexual harassment is described as :
At a Regionals tournament a young female referee from one state was being hit on by a National Candidate referee from another state. This was her first trip to Regionals and she did not want to date him while she was there. The NC referee was not taking “NO” for an answer.
She befriended one of the female referees in the Iowa delegation and the two of them tried to deal with the problem by themselves. Their attempts to get the Referee to leave her alone were unsuccessful. The young female referee ended up hiding in the Iowa delegations party room when she was not with her own delegation.
The Iowa group ended up as her protectors for the 6 days of the tournament. She remained with them so that the referee could not take advantage of any situation that might present itself.
During a pre-game situation at a girls High School match the AD told the crew that there were dressing room facilities for them to use if they wanted.
When the AD had left, one of the crew members looked at the other two crew members, one of which was female, and said that they should use the dressing rooms to strip search the players to find the pierced jewelry that some of the players wear.
The female referee did not like this comment, but didn’t say anything to the referee that made it.
Include but not limited to:
Sexually explicit comments or obscene and or suggestive remarks that the recipient deems objectionable or uncomfortable
Offers of benefits or advantages in exchange for sexual favors, or threats of reprisals for negative responses to sexual advances.
Off color jokes typically constitute sexual harassment and are the single most common factor contributing to a hostile environment.
The use of demeaning gender based term may include but are not limited to:
With the referees who have been around for years there are some that do a lot of traveling. There are a lot of friendships made with “out of state” referees, both male and female.
When they see each other at the different tournaments they will hug each other or give them a kiss on the cheek or other friendly gestures. This is acceptable behavior.
At a tournament one of the female referees was being asked constantly for a hug or a kiss. The male referee would put his arm around the female referee and try to pull her closer to him.
She complained to the tournament director of referees about the situation.
The director talked with the referee about his behavior. The male referee had to apologize to the female referee and then was sent home from the tournament for his actions.
This type of harassment will crop up when men or women enter an environment that is traditionally dominated by the opposite gender.