No one wants to feel threatened or intimidated at the workplace. Work is supposed to be a safe place, and as an employer you want your employees to feel happy and excited about showing up every morning. And you want them to feel comfortable and hopefully trust the people around them. Sometimes, though, there’s behavior you might not see from some of your employees that makes others feel vulnerable or uneasy. Sexual harassment in the workplace is not something to be taken lightly. The negative effects that it has on a workplace are serious. That’s why it’s so important to know how to prevent bullying in the workplace and take steps to prevent harassment. We’ve got some tips to help you keep harassment out of your business.
Before we begin, just take a guess at how many female restaurant employees claim sexual harassment by their own management…
“Unfortunately, it’s just become the societal norm, and we have all accepted it and we all hate it.” —Woman bartender in Houston
In a moment we will tell you how many, but first, how would you define sexual harassment? If you have employees like the managers talked about in this article, you might have a very different definition than the law. This spells trouble for you and your restaurant.
Sexual harassment includes any of the following:
- Sexual jokes and innuendos
- Sexual advances and propositioning
- Inappropriate touching