Step Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What You Need to Know!

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A book that every employee should have in hand--a practical, no-nonsense guide to what sexual harassment is and what each manager, supervisor and employee should do about it. Companies will learn about limiting liability, training guidelines, and future trends. Managers and supervisors will learn a six-step program on how to stop harassment, the 10 factors for assessing an incident, and how to conduct an investigation. Employees will learn 25 things to do if sexual harassment happens to them.

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I'm sure you'll understand if I tell you that being in the sexual harassment business for the past 20 long years, since 1980, has required that I maintain a certain balance, perspective, and to some extent, even a sense of humor. Through the years, I've heard stories that are strange, weird, crazy, and some hilarious--though they often turn out to have less than funny endings--and I've heard stories that are truly tragic and damaging for everyone--even those only remotely involved. The things that people do to each other, especially at work, have been a constant source of amazement to me. Now, I'm no longer surprised, but more often disappointed, that the same kinds of things keep happening over and over. The Thomas-Hill hearings were a discouraging time for everyone I know who watched or kept track of the goings-on. Regardless of which side you were on--his, hers, didn't know, or didn't care--you have to admit, it was depressing. Each and every part and detail of the situation made it worse and more painful. For me, there was an additional element that proved discouraging. I was continually asked during and after the hearings if I felt hopeful, as others did, that the hearings and the publicity they generated, would make a positive impact on the problem of sexual harassment, i.e. didn't I think that now people were much more aware. It was my own answer that depressed me the most: No. Despite the fact that sexual harassment has been a concept and a problem that has supposedly been getting a great deal of attention since at least 1980, we seemed to have made very little progress at the time of the Thomas-Hill hearings. I heard again and again, day after day, people express the same mis-informed and uneducated opinions about sexual harassment that they had held and expressed before the hearings--during and immediately after the hearings they just expressed those same opinions more loudly. In short, most people before, during, and after the Thomas-Hill mess, had very little, if any, genuine or in-depth understanding of what sexual harassment actually is. It was during the hearings that I agreed to write my book Step Forward, not as in "step forward and complain," but as in "isn't it about time we all took a step forward on understanding this problem (as opposed to two steps back)?" It is written as a simple, straight-forward handbook to provide people with basic understanding of the problem and its impact. I believe it helps people toward that understanding--to some extent anyway. We're obviously not there yet. Demand for information about sexual harassment continued, even increased, since that first edition, so I wrote the second edition of Step Forward in 1998. My thought behind the second edition remains the same as the first, that "the sooner we realize that sexual harassment affects us all and that we all must play a part in solving the problem, the sooner we will be rid of it." I hope this book helps us all to do just that.

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Step Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace can help millions of men and women. How? Because for the first time, this specialist in the field of sexual harassment treatment and prevention in the workplace has created an easy-to-follow manual providing what everyone needs to know. This upbeat book is filled with interactive quizzes, and the approach is direct and straightforward. Step Forward explains: What is sexual harassment? How can I be sure it's sexual harassment? Whose fault is it? Don't women harass men, too? What Am I Supposed to Do? and much more.

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