About This Chapter
Harassment Policies & Procedures for Employees - Chapter Summary
Instructors teaching this chapter outline some of the steps employees can take to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace alongside procedures for reporting complaints. Lesson topics include:
- Steps for filing a harassment complaint
- Sexual harassment complaints and employees' right to privacy
- Methods for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace
- Laws prohibiting retaliation against employees
This chapter provides employees with access to short videos, transcripts and multiple-choice lesson and chapter quizzes. Use these resources in any combination, as part of corporate training or an individualized training session, to help employees understand key components of your organization's harassment policies or identify topics that could use some extra discussion.
How It Helps
- Puts employees at ease: Employees who are informed of harassment complaint procedures might feel more comfortable coming forward if they are a victim of harassment.
- Builds awareness: An awareness of their right to privacy and protection from employer retaliation can also ensure that employees are familiar with the roles and responsibilities of a human resource department when processing their complaint.
- Empowers employees: Employees might also feel empowered to take a more active role in creating a safe work environment once they're aware of best practices for preventing sexual harassment.
By the end of this chapter, employees will be able to:
- Understand the steps involved in reporting and following up on a harassment complaint
- Explain the significance of employee privacy when filing a complaint
- Apply practices designed to prevent sexual harassment
- Explain employees' protections against retaliation
1. Harassment Complaint Procedure for Employees
Many organizations will have policies in place to address sexual harassment and what victims can do. In this lesson, you'll learn the general procedures to follow to report sexual harassment to your employer.
2. Ensuring Privacy in the Harassment Complaint Process
One of the most important requirements of a sexual harassment policy is a confidential complaint process. In this lesson, you'll learn why privacy is important and how to help accomplish it. A short quiz follows.
3. How Employees Can Prevent Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment can affect the daily work environment for not only the victim, but all employees in a workplace. However, employees are not powerless. In this lesson, you'll learn how employees can help prevent harassment from happening to themselves and others.
4. Retaliation in the Workplace: Definition & Laws
Employers have a duty to stop illegal workplace discrimination and harassment, but sometimes they don't. Occasionally, they even exacerbate the problem. In this lesson, you'll learn about retaliation in the workplace. A short quiz follows the lesson.
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