Published on December 12, 2013 by Donna Seale
After months of preparing and planning following the flood of responses I received to my Course Survey back in September, I am excited to announce the list of courses I will be offering in 2014. These are in-person training events for now. I am still in the planning phases of the webinars I intend to offer in 2014 and hope to make an announcement about those soon too.
I will be self-hosting my training courses for the first time and am pleased to be partnering with the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg in order to make all of this happen starting in February.
Please see my Course Registration form which includes detailed descriptions of the courses I will be teaching, when they will be held and course fees. Please note the registration deadline that applies to each course and keep in mind that I limit registration for all of my courses to keep the attendee size small enough for me to provide training that is attentive as possible to the needs of those who choose to come and learn with me.
If, in addition to yourself, you know of people who might be interested in or benefit from the training I’m providing, I would encourage you to get in the spirit of the holiday season and share!
To each and every one of my readers, I wish you much joy throughout the holidays and extend my hopes for your health and happiness in the New Year.
Published on November 27, 2013 by Donna Seale
The Winnipeg Free Press ran an article today on the Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s annual report which noted that in 2012 there was a significant increase in the number of sexual harassment complaints that were referred to adjudication compared to years previous (see the Commission’s news release). I wrote about the one sexual harassment complaint that did proceed to a public hearing and resulted in Manitoba’s highest damage award back in April (the Garland decision). For its article, I was contacted by the Free Press for some of my thoughts on why this increase might have occurred. I definitely think there are many factors at play. Whether the increase signals a trend or is simply an anomaly only time will tell.
While I do think we have made great strides towards stamping out sexual harassment in Manitoba, it continues to persist. Although the majority of requests I get by employers to investigate harassment complaints are now of the personal harassment variety, sexual harassment complaint investigations continue to be a part of my case load. And, some of those investigations have resulted in a finding that sexual harassment occurred. In addition, when I do harassment prevention training for workplaces there is always at least one employee who will speak to me at a break and disclose they have been a victim of sexual harassment or who will anonymously comment on their evaluation form that they have experienced such harassment. Invariably, they will tell me that they wished they knew then what they now know from attending the training. I am often surprised by how many people still do not have a good appreciation for the many forms that sexual harassment can take, what their legal rights are if they are subjected to that kind of conduct or, perhaps more importantly, what their employer’s legal obligations are to them as employees. Others who speak to me are simply scared to take action in response to sexual harassment they have encountered in their workplaces because they do no trust their employer to take their concerns seriously or they are fearful of being retaliated against.
On the flip side, there are still workplaces out there who do not have harassment prevention policies. There are also employers who do not have a full appreciation of their legal obligations to prevent and appropriately respond to sexual harassment when it rears its ugly head in their organizations.
So, as much as a lot of work has been done to put an end to sexual harassment in Manitoba’s workplaces, there is still much work to do. And we all have a role to play.
Have your own thoughts on why the Commission saw such an increase in sexual harassment complaints being filed last year? I’m interested – so let me know!