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Possible Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in Your Workplace

October 1, 1998
Related Topics: Harassment, Featured Article
It’s no longer sufficient to passively provide a safe work environment. Your managers can actively encourage a good situation if they’re aware of some of the signs that might indicate trouble. Look for these warning signs:

  • Material of a sexual nature found posted (even if in restrooms or locker rooms).

  • A department where swearing or sexually oriented language is regularly heard.

  • A noticeable change in the behavior of an employee, including, but not limited to, tardiness, absenteeism and mood swings.

  • An employee who avoids another employee, or shrinks from another employee’s physical proximity.

  • Openly sexual behavior between employees, even if it seems welcome. For example, sitting on each other’s laps while another employee is scowling or not smiling.

  • Frequent after-work partying or heavy drinking.

  • Unprofessional behavior during business trips or conventions.
Developed by Parallax Education

Workforce, October 1998, Vol. 77, No. 10, p. 53.

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