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How Can You Prevent Sexual Harassment?

The following list is not all-inclusive, but can help to identify some key strategies in preventing sexual harassment at the workplace.

  • Supervisors must set the tone! Publicize the policy through regular meetings and training activities.
  • Recognize your obligation to create and preserve a work environment free from sexual harassment.
  • Monitor workplace behavior and enforce respect.
  • Report the allegation. Treat all complaints seriously and confidentially. Do not ignore any allegation.
  • Keep employees fully informed of their rights (i.e. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster from the U.S. Department of Labor (EEOC-P/E-1), DFEH poster, DFEH information sheet).
  • Watch want you say. If a remark could be taken in a suggestive way, keep it to yourself.
  • Leave doors open or ajar when meeting with an employee, especially one on one.
  • In situations where employee privacy is an issue, such as performance reviews, discussing promotions, or reprimanding an employee for poor performance, have someone else present in the room: your own supervisor, a representative from HR.
  • Meeting in open or neutral spaces: the conference room with a glass wall, not the office with the drawn blinds.
  • Shake hands; don’t hug.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster (from EEOC website) [click to view / print]

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