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It's Still Not Just About Sex Anymore™

Harassment & Discrimination Prevention in the Workplace

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How do we prevent discriminatory behavior in the work environment?

Harassment undermines legal standards and individual dignity, leading to a toxic workplace that hampers employee welfare and efficiency. It poses legal risks, tarnishes an organization's reputation, and incurs financial penalties.

It's Still Not Just About Sex Anymore™ is a training program that delves into the complexities of workplace interactions. It goes beyond sexual harassment, addressing discrimination in all its forms. The program helps to reshape your workplace culture, ensuring every individual is acknowledged and valued.

How can workplace socializing be managed to prevent harassment?

Managers should be mindful of the professional boundaries when offering social invitations to their subordinates.If a colleague consistently declines, it's important to stop asking and turn attention elsewhere to avoid creating a hostile work environment and potential legal ramifications for harassment.

Listen, I Was Just Wondering

Summary: A manager persistently seeks a social relationship with a colleague who has declined multiple times. This repeated behavior occurs despite the colleague's clear rejections.

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How do we work effectively with diverse colleagues?

It is important to treat everyone with professionalism and respect, regardless of differences. Engaging in discriminatory behavior can lead to legal repercussions for the employer and can harm the individual and the team. It's vital to prioritize treating everyone with dignity and respect in the workplace.

We Don’t Want Him on Our Team!

Summary: Conversation takes place about withholding results from a colleague. A co-worker reveals a plan to delay sharing the results, hoping it will impact their ability to complete their work and lead to their removal from the team.

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Can jokes about someone's weight lead to discriminatory harassment?

Making fun of person's weight, especially in a disrespectful manner, is offensive and may lead to accusations of discriminatory harassment, which is a form of discrimination. It's important to be mindful of our words and treat others with respect.

He's Big... Really Big!

Summary: Colleagues talk about a movie scene in which a character gets stuck in a chair due to being very overweight. During the conversation, the topic shifts to the potential consequences of ridiculing others based on their physical appearance or a protected class status.

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Scenarios Covered

  • Sexual Harassment: Addressing unwelcome sexual advances and conduct.
  • Racial Discrimination: Tackling biases and harassment related to race.
  • Religious Harassment: Navigating the sensitive area of religious expression and coercion.
  • Gender Identity and Expression: Respecting and supporting gender diversity in the workplace.
  • Age Discrimination: Confronting stereotypes and unfair treatment based on age.
  • Disability Discrimination: Ensuring accessibility and fairness for individuals with disabilities.
  • Pregnancy-Related Harassment: Creating a supportive environment for pregnant employees.
  • Harassment Based on National Origin: Celebrating cultural diversity and preventing discrimination.
  • Discrimination Based on Personal Life: Understanding the impact of personal life on professional treatment.

 

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Key Benefits for Trainees

  • In-depth Understanding: Trainees gain a deep understanding of the various forms of harassment and discrimination beyond sexual harassment.
  • Legal Knowledge: Participants learn about the legal aspects of workplace discrimination, including federal and state laws, helping to ensure compliance.
  • Cultural Competence: The program enhances sensitivity to diverse cultures, orientations, and backgrounds, promoting a more inclusive workplace.
  • Conflict Resolution: Trainees acquire skills to resolve conflicts related to harassment and discrimination effectively.
  • Preventive Strategies: The program provides strategies to prevent harassment and discrimination, creating a safer work environment.
  • Empowerment to Act: It empowers employees to take action against discrimination, whether they are a witness or a target.
  • Improved Workplace Dynamics: By addressing these critical issues, the program contributes to a more respectful and productive workplace.

Competencies Covered

  • Identification of Harassment: Ability to recognize both overt and subtle forms of harassment.
  • Prevention Strategies: Skills to implement preventive measures against harassment and discrimination.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Competence in appreciating and respecting diversity in the workplace.
  • Conflict Resolution: Techniques to resolve disputes related to harassment and discrimination effectively.
  • Communication Skills: Enhanced ability to communicate about sensitive topics with clarity and empathy.
  • Reporting Mechanisms: Understanding of how to report incidents and support targets of harassment appropriately.
  • Legal and Ethical Decision-Making: Ability to make decisions that align with both legal standards and ethical considerations.
  • Empathy and Support: Skills to provide support to colleagues who may be experiencing harassment or discrimination
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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I experience or witness sexual harassment in the workplace?

You should report the incident to your manager, Human Resources, or legal/compliance department, following your company's anti-harassment policy.

Can making jokes about someone's race be considered harassment?

Yes, making racial jokes can create a hostile work environment and is considered harassment.

Is it harassment if a coworker repeatedly talks about their religious beliefs after I've asked them to stop?

Repeated and unwelcome discussions about religion can be perceived as harassment, especially if they affect your work environment.

What constitutes age discrimination in the workplace?

Age discrimination involves treating an employee less favorably because of their age, which is unlawful for workers aged 40 and over.

How can disability discrimination manifest in the workplace?

Disability discrimination can occur when an employer treats a qualified individual with a disability unfavorably because of their disability.

Is it considered harassment if someone is excluded from team activities due to their gender identity?

Yes, exclusion based on gender identity can be a form of harassment and should be reported.

Can a pattern of microaggressions be classified as harassment?

Microaggressions can contribute to a hostile work environment and may be considered harassment if they are pervasive.

How does the law protect employees from harassment based on genetic information?

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibits discrimination based on genetic information.

Can I be held liable for not reporting observed discrimination or harassment?

Depending on your role and the company's policies, you may have a responsibility to report observed misconduct.

How can an organization ensure compliance with laws protecting LGBTQ+ workers?

Organizations should update their policies, provide training, and enforce a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.

What if I don't have a training program for preventing harassment?

Here are some of the risks that may arise:

  • Legal Risks: Inadvertently engage in or fail to report behavior that violates laws, potentially leading to legal issues for yourself and your organization.
  • Reduced Team Cohesion: Not understanding the impact of discrimination and harassment could lead to actions that harm team dynamics and workplace relationships.
  • Professional Development: Miss an opportunity to develop competencies that are increasingly valued in the corporate world, such as cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution.
  • Workplace Culture: Contributing to a positive and inclusive workplace culture becomes more challenging, which can affect employee morale and retention.
  • Career Advancement: Employers look for individuals who are proactive about such training, and not participating could impact your career progression.
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Program Options & Available Formats

FORMATS

Streaming Video

Interactive eLearning

USB Key

Library License

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RUNTIME

Video Length: 19 Minutes
Program Option: 2-Hour Instructor-Led Sessions

MATERIALS INCLUDED

Leader's Guide, Self-Study Guide, Workshop Presentation, Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French

TARGET AUDIENCE

Employees,
Managers & Supervisors,
Human Resource Professionals

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