If you've ever worked for a big company, you've probably had to go through some kind of required sexual harassment training. Perhaps you were required to view a video, attend a lecture, or read an employee handbook on the subject. While these methods have been useful in informing people on what constitutes sexual harassment and how to report it, research has shown that sexual harassment training is ineffective in preventing sexual harassment.
Show how does sexual harassment training actually affect a person on the job? Keep reading to see what the research says. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to see how we can help.
People Are Uncomfortable with the Training
Sexual harassment is a sensitive topic. When individuals are uncomfortable, they often respond by making a joke. It is obvious that training that is viewed as a joke is ineffective. It can further aggravate the situation if the joking adds to a hostile workplace for either gender.
Gender Stereotypes are Reinforced
Sexual harassment training materials frequently depict men as dominant and women as weak. It even goes so far as to insinuate that males are sexual predators with no limits. Men's power disparity in the workplace may be reinforced by highlighting it, leaving women feeling less confident and powerful following the training.
Likewise, these trainings often leave out the fact that women can be the perpetrators of sexual harassment, which leaves men who have been victims reluctant to come forward.
Identity Threat Reaction
When sexual harassment training exclusively focuses on victims and abusers, workers have no one with whom to identify. Most workers will disregard it as meaningless since they don't feel either term applies to them, even if it does.
How Can Training Be Made More Effective?
Many experts feel that sexual harassment training that focuses on altering workplace culture rather than simply presenting the facts regarding sexual harassment would be more successful. Some training programs, for example, focus on teaching acceptable conduct rather than just stating what actions are prohibited.
Employees are given the ability to change as a result of this. Another possibility is to concentrate on what bystanders can do to prevent sexual harassment. This avoids the difficulties of victim and perpetrator labels, and everyone is involved in the process of improving the workplace.
Have You Experienced Workplace Sexual Harassment?
You may be eligible to compensation if you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 for a free and private consultation about your rights and future actions. As your sexual harassment attorney, we know the law and are committed to preserving your rights.