Sexual harassment affects all industries, as demonstrated by the recent incidents in Hollywood, corporate America and politics. If a company does not properly handle a complaint—or even a whisper—of sexual harassment, it could be detrimental to the future of the organization and have lasting consequences on its business, workforce and reputation.
According to a recent article published by the Society for Human Resource Management, “failing to prevent an issue—or worse, ignoring an existing problem—can have monumental, negative consequences, all of which have significant financial ramifications. If the victim complains to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the company will be the subject of an investigation, and, if meritorious, a lawsuit by the EEOC on behalf of the victim. In 2016, the EEOC received approximately 27,000 charges of sexual harassment.”
It’s important to educate your workforce. Companies must embed a culture where any inappropriate behavior is not an option. Training on sexual harassment is a great start, and Western Growers University is here to help. Western Growers’ training helps managers understand issues surrounding appropriate communication and proper team dynamics. Additionally, the training will cover a manager’s duty and responsibility for preventing and addressing these issues.
Western Growers will be offering sexual harassment training starting next year in the following cities:
- Santa Maria, CA: February 21, 2018
- Tulare, CA: April 3, 2018
- Bakersfield, CA: April 4, 2018
Stay tuned to Spotlight for additional details on how to register. For questions, contact Adriana Robles at (949) 885-2297.
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