That Sexual Harassment Training You Got At Work? It May Not Be Working
Sexual harassment courses aimed at preventing workplace discrimination can have the opposite effect, making men less capable of perceiving inappropriate behavior and more likely to blame victims, according to academic studies that cast doubt on traditional training programs. One researcher who has questioned the effectiveness of harassment prevention classes is Lauren Edelman. She's a professor of law and sociology at the University of California Berkeley, the prestigious school that has been at the center of a series of high-profile faculty misconduct scandals in recent months.
Edelman told The Guardian that sexual harassment training may, in fact, make it less likely that males will recognize situations that are harassing. In fact, sexual harassment training may provoke backlash in males. Studies testing the effects of harassment training are very limited, but some research has suggested that after men complete training, they may be more inclined to brush aside allegations and discount victims.
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