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Use these free resources to end sexual harassment

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To help reduce sexual harassment in the workplace and keep employees safe, the National Restaurant Association is offering a series of webinars and other materials that could prevent more occurrences from happening.

The materials are part of our new program, ServSafe Workplace, which teaches individuals how to distinguish between appropriate behavior and unacceptable conduct. Starting now, industry members can access the content, which is free of charge throughout the summer. The webinar topics will change each month.

“We condemn sexual harassment ‑‑ period,” says Dawn Sweeney, our president and CEO. “Tipped, hourly and salaried workers all deserve the same level of respect and support. It doesn’t matter if the harasser is a customer, colleague or manager. It won’t be tolerated.”

June’s webinar explains to viewers that the country’s tolerance for sexual harassment is changing and that behavior once accepted as part of the workplace now is not. At some organizations, the behavior is continuing and it has to change. It goes on to say that if everyone comes together and agrees to take care of each other, the corporate culture will improve.

The webinar goes on to define sexual harassment as generally unwelcome conduct based on a person’s gender, including pregnancy, gender identity or sexual orientation. The unwelcome conduct could take different forms – physical, verbal or nonverbal. It also isn’t just a woman’s problem. Anyone can experience harassment and anyone can be a harasser.

The webinar is presented in four sections:

  • The first module defines sexual harassment and discusses the two most common forms
  • The second module illustrates the harmful impact sexual harassment can have on victims, businesses and even the harassers themselves
  • Module three shows how to recognize behavior that’s acceptable at work and inappropriate  conduct
  • The fourth module offers instructions on how to addresses the problem of sexual harassment when it occurs

At the end of the presentation, participants answer some questions to ensure they understand the information presented.

“Our industry, like so many others, is confronting this challenge as our collective awareness has increased about this problem,” Sweeney said. “Our program is designed to help businesses respond to and prevent this behavior in the workplace.”

Be proactive. Register for ServSafe Workplace today.

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