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How to Prevent Sexual Harassment

25 Jul

Sexual harassment is defined by law as any unwelcome or undesired sexual advance or action resulting in an uncomfortable environment. While this can happen in private lives, it is more often associated with workplace environments, since individuals are unable to remove themselves from the situation. Sexual harassment is prohibited from the workplace and each of the 50 states have anti-harassment laws in place.


In the workplace

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    Sexual harassment policies

    • Employees should be aware of the company’s anti-sexual harassment stance. They should also be given examples of sexual harassment so they understand the nature of the policy.
    • Explain that such actions will not be tolerated, nor will retaliation against a person who has complained about such harassment.
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    Organize lessons

    • Hold annual seminars to review sexual harassment policies. Explain what constitutes such harassment and what will be done if sexual harassment is alleged.
    • Make these meetings are mandatory so everyone in the company is able to understand sexual harassment policies and consequences.
    • Training supervisors is especially important. In many instances, these individuals will be the first line of sexual harassment protection. They should be skilled in how to handle cases of alleged harassment.
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    Keep an eye on the workplace

    • Ask employees if they have any concerns. Make sure nothing that can be interpreted as sexual harassment has been seen or heard.
    • Take appropriate action if sexual harassment is suspected or experienced.
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    Create an anti-sexual harassment environment

    • Handle allegations of sexual harassment with tact and respect. The investigation should always be handled professionally and no complaints should be brushed off.
    • Employers can actually be prosecuted for failing to investigate harassment and taking appropriate action. Make sure that employees can feel safe and comfortable when they are working.
    In private lives
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    Act confidently

    • Weak individuals are often targeted as victims. By acting and speaking in strong ways, individuals take themselves out of many situations where harassment may occur.
    • Let others know sexual harassment will not be tolerated. If a person makes a lewd comment, ask them not to. Keep your position on the matter clear.
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    Dress and act modestly

    • It is important to understand that some people put themselves, unknowingly, in questionable situations. They may be interpreted as welcoming such advances by dressing or acting inappropriately.
    • It is never the victim’s fault if sexual harassment occurs, but it is important to distance yourself as much as possible from situations where such actions can take place.
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    Keep appropriate company

    • Do not maintain relationships with individuals around whom you are uncomfortable. Distance yourself from individuals who seem to be preoccupied with thoughts, words and actions of a sexual nature.
    • Find friends that can be trusted and appreciated. Have things in common, such as senses of humor and jobs.