Grade 36 -- "Workplace abuse and harassment" -- Grade 12

Grade 36 -- "Workplace abuse and harassment" -- Grade 12

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Workplace abuse and harassment.

Brief Summary: Sending your teen off to work is a huge milestone! It helps them develop independence and financial responsibility and is another step toward growing up. The last thing on your mind is workplace harassment. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of cases of teen harassment at work by managers and other employees who feel they can “get away” with this behavior because there is such a demand for work among their age group.  What can you do to help your teen be aware of the realities of the workplace?

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • First and foremost, tell them ALL OF THE TIME to report something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Assure your child that they need to communicate to you about what is going on in their life and at work.  It is important that you assure them that you won’t make them quit, but you want to know what’s happening. 
  • Harassment can be very dangerous and according to USLegal, harassment is defined as “a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. It is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim.”  
  • Being aware of the dangers of workplace harassment is important. Your teen may never expect it to happen to them, but in so many cases, it does, and the workplace environment prevents them from wanting to report it. 
  • There is a difference between direct and indirect bullying.  Direct bullying is a relatively open attack on a victim that is physical (any of these behaviors in the workplace should be reported immediately!).  Indirect bullying is more subtle and difficult to detect. It involves one or more forms of relational aggression.
  • It is important to know that there are federal and state laws that protect your child from workplace harassment.  These laws empower communities, workplaces, schools, and individuals to take a stand against bullying and harassing behaviors. 

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why is it important to report situations that make you uncomfortable?  
  • Communication with a trusted adult is crucial in these situations but why?
  • What types of behaviors are considered abuse, harassment, and bullying?  
  • How can you protect yourself if you are to encounter abuse, harassment, or bullying in the workplace?
  • Where is the best place to find the employee rights in the workplace?

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