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Avoiding Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment has been the bane of almost two-thirds of working women, according to numerous surveys. More than half affirm that they have experienced words or behaviors that courts now interpret as sexual harassment, yet many males are perplexed that anyone could take offense at "a little harmless joking or flirting." Very few supervisors know enough about the law to recognize behaviors that women find offensive, threatening or demeaning, which is how the courts define sexual harassment. Using a series of critical incidents and vignettes, this four lesson interactive computer-based training course trains employees and supervisors to recognize sexual harassment and offers specific guidelines to help supervisors prevent the problem.

The topics include:

* the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment;
* the hostile work environment issue;
* how to identify harassing words and behaviors;
* policies and procedures for handling sexual harassment incidents;
* common questions and misconceptions about sexual harassment.

The course includes a tough certification examination.

The program is available in Internet and WINDOWS versions. There is also a separate version for colleges and universities that deals with peer-to-peer harassment, faculty-student harassment and other issues that go beyond the obligations created by the employer-employee relationship.

The program is updated at least once a year and the first update is free during the initial year of the license. Scores on the sexual harassment certification exam can uploaded or aggregated into a database for analysis or reporting. Clients can arrange to have employees take the certification exam on the Internet. To sample the first lesson from the course, click here.



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