Jeff Havens here again, eager to help you become the worst you can be. Today we have come to the pinnacle of alienating your coworkers, the apex of odium – sexual harassment.
How many people have been fired for sexual harassment? That’s a hard question to answer, but a whole lot of people are trying. In 2007, 12,510 sexual harassment grievances were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – and since it’s estimated that only 5 – 15% of people actually bother to file a complaint, the real number of sexual harassment incidents is likely in the hundreds of thousands every year.
Many companies have entire conferences devoted to the issue of sexual harassment. New employees often have to sit through hours of lectures about the nuances of sexual harassment – what’s acceptable, what’s borderline, what definitely isn’t – which I think is completely ridiculous since there’s really only one rule to follow:
If you have to ask if it’s OK, the answer is NO.
I once had to suffer through one of these seminars, such a colossal waste of time that I actually found myself counting the pores on the back of my hand. What made it worse is that the whole thing should have taken five minutes, except every couple minutes some moron raised his hand to ask about a hypothetical scenario.
Have you encountered sexual harassment at work? Leave us a comment!