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Why sexual harassment training courses fail

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2018 | Sexual Harassment At Work

While there is a greater emphasis on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, harassment training programs are still likely to fail. There are six key reasons why Florida companies and others may miss the mark when it comes to educating their workers about this problem. First, employees may suspect that their employers are conducting the training to satisfy legal requirements, and that is a sure way to get them to tune out.

Companies may also focus the training on what is objectively legal and what is objectively illegal. However, there may be many actions that could be considered ambiguous at best. Furthermore, employees may not be taught that something can be considered rude even if it’s not illegal. Companies may also fail because they don’t demonstrate what positive interactions in the workplace look like. This could result in employees avoiding each other in certain situations where they need to work together because they don’t want to run afoul of anti-harassment rules.

Training courses should not feature scenarios that are not relevant to a particular workplace. Furthermore, they should not be overly cheesy or otherwise easy to tune out as not believable. Any scenarios depicted as part of a training program should also use current technology as well as language that workers are likely to use today when speaking to each other.

Individuals in Boca Raton who have been inappropriately asked out on dates or treated differently based on their gender could be victims of sexual harassment. Examples of disparate treatment could include being hired, terminated or demoted based on a willingness to act a certain way while on the job. If actions are severe or pervasive, workers could be entitled to compensation or other relief.