Why do HRs not explain verbally about sexual harassment's policy?

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Why the word sexual is considered to be offensive to be used in a formal meeting?

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Kajal Thakur
Kajal Thakur 2 months ago

First of all, we need to understand “ Sexual Harassment”.  Workplace sexual harassment takes many different forms. It can come from a coworker, a supervisor, or a customer or client, and ranges from unwanted touching, inappropriate comments or jokes, or someone promising you a promotion in exchange for sexual favors.

Examples of behavior that could be harassment include but are not limited to:

  • Making unwanted requests for sexual favors or dates
  • Making inappropriate comments about someone’s body or appearance
  • Saying bad things about or making fun of someone or all people of a certain gender or sexual orientation (i.e. “women are…” or “gay people all…”)
  • Using gender-based or sexual orientation-based slurs (swear words)
  • Making vulgar, offensive, or explicit jokes about sex or sexual acts 
  • Note: It still counts as harassment even if the conduct is not aimed at you specifically. For example, if you are a trans person who hears a group of co-workers making offensive jokes or insults about trans people (in general), that kind of behavior could still be considered “harassment,” even though they aren’t speaking to or about you specifically.
  • Sending or sharing emails, texts, or messages of a sexual nature
  • Gossiping about someone’s personal relationships or sex life
  • Unwanted or inappropriate touching of any body part, clothing, face, or hair, including hugging, kissing, or assault
  • Staring, leering, or making gestures of a sexual nature
  • Blocking someone’s movement
  • Displaying, sending, or sharing vulgar pictures or pornography

For something to be considered sexual harassment, it matters what the person who’s being harassed thinks; It does not matter if the person who’s doing the harassment thinks it’s OK, harmless, not sexual, or welcomed (i.e., they think you like it or don’t have a problem with it.) It’s still harassment if the behavior is something you do not want or find offensive.

It also still counts as harassment even if, at the moment, you don’t immediately say “stop” or something else to let the person know that what they’re saying/doing is inappropriate. For example, you might laugh along at a joke that you find offensive, or accept a hug because you’re caught unaware in the moment, or because you’re worried the person will react badly if you don’t go along with their behavior. If the harasser is a supervisor or someone else who has more power than you, you might be afraid speaking up or saying “no” will impact your job. All of these are normal responses to harassment. Responding this way does not make the harassment less serious, or make you more responsible.

Here is the Sexual Harassment Policy 

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