WHAT IS IT?
Sexual harassment continues to pose a real threat to employees and employers. In 2018, the EEOC handled 24,655 claims of sex-related discrimination nationwide. Indiana employees filed over 1,800 of these claims, 639 of which were for sex-related claims and 699 involved claims of unlawful retaliation. During 2018, the EEOC negotiated monetary damages of $233 million for victims of Title VII discrimination and harassment. This number does not include the damages awarded through litigation. It also does not include the costs of employee absences and lost productivity and the psychological impact on harassed employees.
This program will explain and discuss what sexual harassment is, how it impacts employees and employers, and effective steps employers can use to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. Participants will be introduced to the Hobson-Szostek Organizational Assessment through which they can compile an objective assessment of their employer’s readiness to prevent sexual harassment in their workplace.
What if an allegation of sexual harassment occurs? Many times it is the employer’s response that limits their liability. Participants will learn how to effectively respond to a complaint of sexual harassment in a way that protects employees as well as the employer. Participants will learn and practice how to conduct an effective workplace investigation.