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Workplace Harassment

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Beyond Compliance:
Understanding & Preventing
Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workshop Mission

Participants will leave this workshop ready to develop and implement innovative evidence based workplace sexual harassment prevention programs.

This program has been approved by the HR Certification Institute ( for 5.75 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR.

Are you aware…

  • Merely complying with EEOC harassment mandates does not indemnify employers from liability.
  • Workplace sexual harassment carries enormous costs to employers in productivity, morale and settlements, as well as the personal costs to those involved.
  • Workplace sexual harassment is preventable, with proper understanding and commitment.
  • Research shows significant links between certain worker and workplace characteristics and the likelihood of sexual harassment.

In this workshop, you will discover the tools necessary to fashion effective sexual harassment prevention programs customized to their place of employ.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Develop and implement evidence based workplace sexual harassment prevention programs.
  • Explain the relationship between decreased productivity, increased employer liability, sexual harassment and workplace culture.
  • Identify EEOC mandates around workplace harassment in general and sexual harassment in particular.
  • Critique business-as-usual workplace sexual harassment prevention programs.
  • Discuss gendered nature of workplace sexual harassment.
  • Outline an evidence based workplace sexual harassment proclivity assessment.
  • Identify the components of a comprehensive workplace sexual harassment prevention program.
  • Create a peer-critiqued outline for an innovative, evidence based sexual harassment prevention program for their place of business.
  • Formulate strategies to motivate key actors to support action to prevent workplace sexual harassment in their place of business.

Learn to move beyond compliance into understanding and creative prevention of workplace sexual harassment. Learn to develop innovative prevention programs that work to end costly harassment cases for your employer. Bring your workplace to the cutting edge, improve productivity, raise morale, and improve the lives of all your workers.

This workshop is appropriate for Human Resources professionals, executives, managers, for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Program Outline

1. Introductions

2. Workshop Ground Rules – easel

  • safety

3. Workshop Goals – interactive

  • Top 5 questions we think you are asking
  • Additional questions on easel
  • Top 5 questions I’d like to have answered
  • Outline of day

Part 1: Understanding Workplace Sexual Harassment

4. Definitions

  • Workplace Violence
  • Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Individual perpetrator
  • Hostile Environment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Organizational Climate/Culture/Environment

5. EEOC Guidance

6. Liability & Productivity Implications of SH

  • PSU report
  • Civility book

7. SH Examples – snowball activity

8. Characteristics of a high LSH Workplace – PSU project

9. Gender & SH

  • Music – while in dentist’s chair
  • War Zone clips
  • Killing Us Softly clips

10. Contemporary Masculinity

  • Stats
  • Income disparity
  • US political representation vs world
  • Women in business
  • Impact on gobal competitiveness
  • Sexual violence trends & myths – NHCADSV reports
  • Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet – NHCADSV
  • Tough Guise clips
  • GI Joe
  • Social forces & backlash
  • Porn culture
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs
  • Price of Pleasure clips

11. Workplace Social Justice & SH Proclivity

12. Lunch

Part 2: Designing Innovative & Effective Prevention Programs

13. Assessing LSH

EEOC guidance

  • Research guidance
  • Measures of Social Justice
  • Developing tool for next fall

14. Critique existing workplace SH policies

  • Typical
  • Example from group

15. What Does Lasting Social Change Look Like?

  • Berkana Institute Model
  • Disparity and motivation for change
  • Other models
  • Non-violence Communication book
  • Role of Mentoring and coaching

16. Creative sexual violence prevention interventions

  • Theater – No Zebras, No Excuses
  • Peer education
  • Can I wear your hat? Video
  • Bystander Model
  • What Do You Do clips?
  • Social Norms & Social Marketing
  • Dove commercials

17. Large-group activity

  • Identifying change agents and allies

18. Workgroups

  • Develop Action Plans

19. Large-group

  • Present & support Action Plans
  • Action Goals

20. Develop long-term support network

  • LinkedIn Group

21. Wrap-up

  • Revisit questions
  • Stay connected
  • Assessment tool & other services coming
  • Workshop evaluation form

Forrest Seymour has been facilitating sexual violence prevention and cultural change in community and institutional settings since 2001. He is Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention & Education at Keene State College, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, practicing psychotherapist, Certified Relational Life practitioner and the Founder of Windfall Solutions, Organizational Consulting, Coaching & Education (

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”