EEOC Recommends Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

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<p><strong>Denver &mdash; April 25</strong><br />Forty-four years after the enactment of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, sexual harassment still exists. Just in Colorado, sexual harassment settlements made headlines twice this month and resulted in more than $1 million in judgments.</p><p>The good news is that the number of sexual harassment cases received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has decreased 20 percent during the past 10 years. However, in 2007, there were still 12,510 cases received by the EEOC that equated to monetary benefits of $49.9 million. Interestingly, of these total cases, 16 percent were filed by men, the largest percentage ever.<br /><br />According to the EEOC, prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to take steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring and to clearly communicate that sexual harassment will not be tolerated. One of the steps that the EEOC recommends employers to take is provide ongoing sexual harassment prevention training to managers and employees.<br /><br />FirstNet Learning offers online training solutions to more than 7,000 corporations, universities and municipalities, including online training for employees and supervisors in understanding, recognizing, stopping and reporting sexual harassment, as well as courses in preventing discrimination and a number of other human capital categories. <br /><br />Online training is cost effective for organizations of all sizes. FirstNet Learning&rsquo;s Sexual Harassment Prevention Training courses address the legal consequences of harassment in the workplace. FirstNet Learning&rsquo;s courses make employees and supervisors aware of what constitutes sexual harassment, as well as outlines the steps involved in dealing with sexual harassment. <br /><br />Sexual Harassment training is preventive training. It is required by law in some states, such as California (A.B. 1825, passed 9-29-2004). FirstNet Learning offers a range of courses, from two-hour courses that meet the requirements of A.B. 1825, to a shorter version that outlines general sexual harassment prevention. Often judgments and settlements resulting from sexual harassment legal proceedings include requiring mandatory training for all supervisors/managers, employees, or both.<br /><br />Whether pre-emptive or mandated, online training resolves many concerns companies may have. Online training is:<br /><br />&bull; Affordable, cost-efficient.<br />&bull; Immediate, convenient and flexible, available 24×7.<br />&bull; Relevant, with course content consistently updated.<br />&bull; Consistent, ensuring all employees learn the same content.<br />&bull; Compliments and blends well with classroom training.<br />&bull; Easy to track, report and verify.<br />&bull; Appealing &mdash; online training is how people want to learn today.<br /><br />The key to business success in today&#39;s competitive marketplace is the ability to lead and motivate a workforce to excellence, and excellence does not have room for sexual harassment. Training employees to not only work better together, but to also be understanding of, and responsive to, each other and to customers will set an organization on a path to excellence and will also continue to help reduce the number of sexual harassment occurrences. <br /></p>

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