For Business & Professional Communications, I did a persuasive PowerPoint presentation on sexual harassment in the work place.
<ul><li> 1. Sexual Harassment In The Workplace<br />Sara Surber<br /></li> <li> 2. What is Sexual Harassment?<br />A form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.<br />Examples include but are not limited to:<br />Unwelcome sexual advances<br />Requests for sexual favors<br />Verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature<br /></li> <li> 3. Facts About Harassment<br />According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission nearly 12,696 claims of sexual harassment were filed in 2009.<br />From that number 16 percent were filed by males<br />Sources; US. Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Workplace Fairness, and the International Labor Organization<br /></li> <li> 4. Why People Remain Silent<br />Confusion<br />Uncertainty<br />Lack of acceptance<br />Difficulty understanding<br />Isolation<br />Disbelief<br />Placement of blame<br />Fear loss of job<br /></li> <li> 5. StatisticsA telephone poll by Louis Harris and Associates on 782 U.S. workers revealed:<br />31 % of female workers reported they had been harassed at work<br />7 % of the male workers reported they had been harassed at work<br />62% of targets took no action<br />100 % of women were harassed by a man<br />59% of men were harassed by a woman<br />41 % of men were harassed by a man<br /></li> <li> 6. StatisticsOf the women harassed:<br />43 % were harassed by a supervisor<br />27 % were harassed by an employee senior to them<br />19 % were harassed by a coworker at their level<br />8 % were harassed by a junior employee<br /></li> <li> 7. Negative Effects on Companies<br />Decreased work performance<br />Increased absenteeism to avoid harassment<br />Defamation of reputation<br />Financial loss from lawsuits and legal fees<br /></li> <li> 8. Negative Effects on Individuals<br />Retaliation from harasser<br />Being objectified and humiliated<br />Defamation of character<br />Loss of job and income<br />Loss of career<br /></li> <li> 9. AlternativesVictims of harassment can and should:<br />Take back the power ( know your rights and use them)<br />Report incidents <br />Support other victims ( power in numbers)<br /></li> <li> 10. AlternativesCompanies can and should:<br />Implement sexual harassment prevention training programs<br />Enforce a written sexual harassment policy<br />Handle complaints professionally and promptly<br /></li> <li> 11. Benefits to Companies<br />Saving millions of dollars in lawsuits<br />Protecting overall reputation<br />Increasing work productivity<br />Maintaining safe work environment<br /></li> <li> 12. Summary<br />Victims who fail to take action encourage further harassment to themselves and others.<br />Employers should take these claims seriously and enforce their own policies.<br />If individuals and institutions address and handle these situations appropriately, I believe the number of sexual harassment claims filed each year would gradually decrease. <br /></li> </ul>