Social Media and Sexual Harassment

The main objective of this session is to give you an overview of sexual harassment using social media and cell phones. By the time the session is over, you should be able to: Understand how your use of social media both at and outside of work can be harassment; Recognize what an improper text communication is; See that actions taken in the workplace, even with personal electronic equipment, are covered by workplace rules; Understand that even personal social networking sites can be the site of harassment; Know your rights with respect to personal electronic equipment and social networking accounts and Recognize that harassment comes in many shapes and forms.

Why “Social Media and Sexual Harassment” Matters

The legal definition of sexual harassment, and an employer’s liability for it, is changing as technology evolves. The rise of social media and the increasing capabilities of smartphones have led to new methods of workplace sexual harassment. You have to make sure your team is trained to:

  • Maintain a professional work environment;
  • Help employees get along with coworkers;
  • Identify and report social media or text harassment;
  • Understand the right of the harassed employee; and
  • Be more productive and successful.

Key Points

  • Harassment can occur outside the workplace;
  • Personal electronic devices can be used to harass;
  • Social media sites are a medium for harassment;
  • Electronic communications stay around for a long time; and
  • Employees should behave toward coworkers the same in cyberspace as they do in person.

Duration: 24 minutes

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