ServSafe - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Suite Addresses Unique Needs of Foodservice Industry

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Suite Addresses Unique Needs of Foodservice Industry

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Suite Addresses Unique Needs of Foodservice Industry
ServSafe Workplace is proud to introduce "Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Restaurant Industry". This interactive training program addresses sexual harassment and the harmful impact it has on individuals and businesses.
  • A female line cook quits her job after enduring weeks of inappropriate comments, “locker room” talk, and objectification in an all-male kitchen.
  • A beverage manager fends off repeated requests for dates from a supplier who says she “owes her” after accepting a bottle of wine.
  • A bartender’s manager insists that he come over to her apartment after work so she can see if he “has what it takes” to be promoted to assistant manager.

These scenarios and more are featured in Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Restaurant Industry, the first programs in the new ServSafe Workplace training platform. These interactive, digital training programs address sexual harassment and the harmful impact it has on individuals and businesses. Rather than simply focusing on liability and legal repercussions, the training puts a human face on sexual harassment and demonstrates its effect on both victims and bystanders using situations familiar to those working in foodservice.  Stories are related from multiple perspectives (employee, manager, co-worker) to show the far-reaching impact sexual harassment has on businesses.

And the impact is far reaching.  According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there are more sexual harassment claims filed in the restaurant industry than in any other industry.  There have been more than 10,000 sexual harassment claims filed by workers in full-service restaurants between 1995 and 2016, and 90 percent of women and 70 percent of men in the restaurant industry have experienced harassment on the job. 

Sexual harassment in the restaurant industry comes from all directions: from managers, co-workers, vendors, and customers.  Employees are often young adults who feel powerless to complain or object, especially if they feel that their tips or their jobs will be on the line if they do. Add in the fact that alcohol is a factor in half of all sexual assaults, and you have a recipe for an industry where sexual harassment can thrive. 

The #MeToo movement has spotlighted these issues and created an environment where sexual harassment prevention training is needed and welcomed. More and more employers are recognizing that harassing behaviors are not “the nature of the industry” or “just the way things are.” ServSafe Workplace’s Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Restaurant Industry—with training for managers and employees—can be an effective way to begin changing the conversation and changing the culture.

Key objectives of the employee version of the training include:

  • Define sexual harassment and the two forms it can take.
  • Understand the harmful impact sexual harassment can have on victims, businesses, and those who harass.
  • Recognize conduct that’s appropriate, and not appropriate, for work.
  • Understand when and how to report sexual harassment.

Building on the content in the employee program, the manager edition also focuses on the vital role managers play in creating and promoting a harassment-free workplace culture and provides them with the tools they need to respond confidently and appropriately to sexual harassment claims.

“The ServSafe team is excited to offer this timely training to our industry,” said Sherman L. Brown, Executive Vice President, Training & Certification, National Restaurant Association. “The strong response to the complimentary Sexual Harassment Prevention webinars we presented this summer shows that people in foodservice are eager to learn how to address this issue and change the culture, and we are proud to provide them with the tools to make that happen.”

Learn more at www.servsafe.com/servsafe-workplace.