Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.
Sexual harassment could be observed in many forms. These are the following:
- unwelcome touching, hugging or kissing
- staring or leering
- suggestive comments or jokes
- sexually explicit pictures, screen savers or posters
- unwanted invitations to go out on dates or requests for sex
- intrusive questions about an employee’s private life or body
- unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against someone
- insults or taunts of a sexual nature
- sexually explicit emails or SMS messages
- accessing sexually explicit internet sites
- inappropriate advances on social networking sites
- behaviour which would also be an offence under the criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications
There’s no better way to prevent sexual harassment particularly in the workplace but through workplace harassment prevention training. Taking immediate action and creating awareness to their employees would certainly avoid the occurence of workplace sexual harassment.
PCS Consultants, Inc. offers Workplace/Sexual Harassment Prevention Training either in English or Spanish. Our training programs meet California Law (AB 1825)*. Topics covered are the following:
- What constitutes as harassment
- Preventing harassment claims
- Understanding state and federal provisions regarding AB 1825
- Understanding common patterns of harassment
- What to do during an investigation
PCS also offers convenient and low cost training options on different languages.
Please give us a call or contact us for more information on availability, training customization or general compliance questions.
*Note: California law (AB No. 1825) requires all employers with 50 or more employees who do business in California must provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees and to all new supervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position. If an employer fails to provide the required training, they may be ordered to comply.