Sexual harassment has significant consequences in the workplace, ranging from damaging mental health and lowering group morale to costly lawsuits. It can diminish employee productivity, increase absenteeism, employee turnover, and sick leave costs.
Harassment in the workplace is unfortunately prevalent, sometimes unintentional, and employees may not be aware that their actions could be harmful or offensive, leading to potential legal implications.
Empower your employees with workplace sexual harassment prevention training. According to a survey by the Association for Talent Development, 71% of HR professionals said their companies conduct sexual harassment training. Alterity’s training can be the difference between a harmonious, productive workplace and one fraught with tension and low morale.
Sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, applying to employers with at least 15 employees, and to employment agencies, labor organizations, and local, state and federal governments.
Two types of sexual harassment are quid pro quo and hostile work environment. The former occurs when a supervisor requires sex or sexual contact from a job candidate or employee as a condition of employment. The latter can be subtle or obvious, requiring more workplace training. It includes touching a coworker sexually, using sexual language, or displaying sexual images at work.
Alterity’s online sexual harassment training is part of our Respectful Workplace Program, and is designed to comply with federal, state, and local requirements. Through interactive videos, knowledge checks, assessments, scenarios, and a virtual coach, we empower your employees with emotional intelligence and the ability to recognize and address sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
Employees access learning programs through our intuitive, web-based learning portal. We provide posters and communications to help you launch the program and promote adoption. Our comprehensive management tools handle importing users, assigning courses and learning paths, and creating scheduled reports to track company-wide compliance.
Our online learning program helps employees recognize sexual harassment behaviors, understand what qualifies as harassment, factors that can lead to it, and how to prevent it. They’ll learn to set appropriate boundaries between their social and work environment. Supervisors will understand their roles and responsibilities in preventing and responding to sexual harassment, including dealing with complaints and conducting interviews.
Sexual harassment training requirements vary by state. Currently, 18 states mandate some form of training, while others recommend it. In California, employers with 50 or more employees must provide a two-hour mandatory training to supervisors. States like Connecticut require training for employers with three or more employees. Requirements may change rapidly, so it’s important to stay informed.
Yes it does. Effective sexual harassment training engages employees, raises awareness, and prompts behavioral changes. It is not just a box to check but a way to create a respectful workplace. A survey by the Association for Talent Development shows that 71% of human resource professionals conduct some form of sexual harassment training.