EEOC launches new training to prevent workplace sexual harassment

In the wake of so many allegations coming out, many companies are making sure their sexual harassment polices are up to date.

KUSA - In the wake of the deluge of sexual allegations swirling throughout the country, many companies are reviewing their sexual harassment policies.

To do that, they're turning to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the organization that protects the civil rights of workers throughout the country. 

Patricia McMahon, the program manager at the Denver field office, said her phone has been ringing off the hook for sexual harassment prevention training. 

"Most people who take any type of sexual harassment training in the workplace, they're not there by choice," she said. "They're there because they were told to be there by the company."

McMahon said the EEOC just launched a new way of training to change that.

"The old way of training was that we would go in, train everyone on the law then we'd leave," she said. "We're going to spend a lot of time talk to you, with you and you're going to talk with each other."

So that means no PowerPoint. But the real change is making sure the environment is welcoming. 

"Businesses really have a responsibility to change that environment," said Karmen Carter with Blue Bench - a Denver organization aimed at eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Carter said that's crucial when coming to workplace complaints. 

"When somebody has fear of losing a job and that may be the only thing keeping them and their family afloat," she said. "There's a lot to weight whether they report or not." 

By law, companies are not required to report sexual harassment but the EEOC's new training offers a zero tolerance policy for that kind of behavior. 

"Managers, corporate, it starts with you," McMahon said. "If the work policy says that this is how you are to behave in the workplace, that is it. This is not just a check-off box, this is a lifestyle change in your company."

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