Stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse seem to proliferate in the media, which may lead many to assume that rates of sexual harassment are going up. However, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), rates of lawsuits filed with the agency for sexual harassment have actually been falling over the past decade.
For example, in 2001 over 15,475 sexual harassment lawsuits were filed as opposed to only 11,364 in the year 2011. Even though 11,364 lawsuits are still too many, it represents a significant decline from just ten years earlier.
We believe that more employers are taking a serious stance on sexual harassment and that employees are beginning to develop a better understanding of what conduct is acceptable in the workplace and what is not. The lower rates of sexual harassment reported by the EEOC may also be a result of better sexual harassment training.
More employers – even medium and small-sized businesses – are making it a priority to put their staff through sexual harassment training. Here at CRM Learning, we know that sexual harassment training may be awkward or uncomfortable for business owners. That’s why many business owners choose to purchase our sexual harassment video training instead.
For the latest in effective sexual harassment prevention training, watch our new training film, Once & For All: Stopping Sexual Harassment at Work. It’s available is various formats, including interactive eLearning. This program features cinema-quality production, masterful storytelling, modular content approach and much more. It is also great for NY, CA or other state-mandated training.