Sexual Harassment and Violence at Workplace
According to the Equal Treatment of Men and Women in the Employment and Professional Educational Laws 2002-2006, four forms of discrimination exist because of gender:
1. Direct gender discrimination
2. Indirect gender discrimination
3. Sexual harassment and
The Introduction of sexual harassment as a discrimination is very innovative in the Cypriot legislation as well as a socio-cultural challenge. Sexual harassment is defined as “the undesirable by the recipient behaviour of sexual nature that has as aim or result the offence of the dignity of the person, especially when it creates a humiliating, intimidating or hostile working environment and it’s expressed with words or actions”.
Through the literature and Cyprus available data the problem of the sexual harassment at workplace is apparent. Sexual harassment is more frequent in women but it can also happen to men. The perpetrators can be of the same or the opposite sex. In most cases the perpetrators are the employers and colleagues. The prevention and confrontation include preventive seminars, information and awareness of employers and employees, empowerment of the individual, penal prosecution and access in counselling services for victim support. In Cyprus, the ombudsman office composed the Code of Practice for the confrontation of sexual harassment in the workplace in 2007.
Sexual harassment is a violation of the law “Equal Treatment of Men and Women in the Employment and Professional Educational Laws 2002-2006”. The employer must ensure that no employee will receive offensive sexual behaviour. The employer bears increased responsibility and is considered primarily responsible for the protection of his employees from similar acts of colleagues or superiors. It is obliged to take all necessary measures to protect the victim as soon as it is informed. Failure to act does not preclude making the employer jointly responsible with the perpetrator of the harassment. The direct obligation of the employer, arising from the relevant legislation, is the training of the staff for the provisions in question.
- Analysis of the purpose and objectives of the program
- Definition of violence and harassment
- Psychosocial Risks at Work
- The Cypriot Legislation
- Analysis of legislation and jurisprudence through real cases
- Sexual harassment when it starts and how it stops
- Behaviours that are allowed / not allowed in the workplace
- Perpetrator and victim characteristics
- Good practices in Cyprus
- Ways to Prevent Violence and Harassment
- Ways of dealing with
- Sexual harassment codes in the Cypriot reality
- Explanation of code writing pattern at business level
- Sources of information
The training is aimed at human resources managers, department managers, managers of organizations and companies, people responsible for the implementation of the equality law and by extension sexual harassment issues, president and members of safety committees, business managers and business owners.
Dates: 15 & 22/3/23
Time: 13:45 – 17:30
Duration: 7 hours
Place: Omirou street. Nicosia
(Initial cost: €200, HRDA Subsidy: €84)
*plus VAT on initial cost. Special discount for non-subsidy eligible candidates