Managing Workplace Harassment
Workplace harassment. A growing problem in America. Oh, you may say, “not in my office,” or “not our team,” but this is an increasing issue in many organizations today. It can come in the form of a slap, a phrase, an email, or reassignment of duties. It is not okay and it is illegal. It needs to be reported so that the company can handle the issue properly and remediate any future problems.
Oh, you may say, “not in my office,” or “not our team”. It can come in the form of a slap, a phrase, an email, or reassignment of duties. Harassment is not okay and it is illegal. Harassment needs to be reported so that the company can handle the issue properly and remediate any future problems.
Let’s first define discrimination. Most dictionaries list several definitions, but when used in the workplace connotation, it means to have a prejudicial outlook or action toward others in the organization. Workplace discrimination is illegal, and there are many civil rights regulations that are focused on discrimination in the workplace. These regulations are enforced by the EEOC.
Harassment is considered a form of discrimination toward an individual or group of employees, and perspective employees. There are many forms of discrimination including:
Threatening behavior is a more difficult term to define, and it may mean different things to different people. This is the reason most workplace harassment policies define it as any action or behavior that causes fear of injury or harm. It is just as damaging as any other type of harassment in the workplace. Air punching, or acting like one is going to slap another, are threatening gestures that are meant to scare or bully another person, and are considered physical harassment. Physical actions that are meant to intimidate or coerce another person should be reported immediately.
- Define various types of discrimination and harassment.
- Identify the different types of harassment and their signs.
- Understand the employer’s responsibilities.
- Discuss how to remediate it.
- Understand the harassment reporting processes and procedures.
- Discuss the steps that will be necessary in reporting harassment in the workplace.