Information Session: Sexual harassment in the workplace and its effects on productivity and company morale

As an employer, you have the responsibility to maintain a workplace free of sexual harassment. This is your legal obligation, but it also makes good business sense. If you allow harassment to flourish in your workplace, you will pay a high price in terms of poor employee morale, low productivity, and lawsuits. Sexual harassment in the workplace can affect anyone in any job. Sexual harassment destroys the work environment. The anxiety and frustration experienced by victims can impact their quality of life and the quality of their work.

Date: 25 August 2015
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Cost: R340 (members) / R640 (non-members)
Venue: Cape Chamber of Commerce
Speakers: Kathleen Dey & Michelle Bergh
Attendance limit: 25
Call event organiser, Helga Smit, on (021) 402-4300 to secure a booking.

Speaker bio Kathleen Dey – Director of Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
Kathleen Dey is a qualified Social Worker and current Director of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. She joined Rape Crisis as a counselling coordinator in 1995 and her work in that role gained her extensive experience in the field of rape counselling, volunteer training and coordination, community development work and the development of ongoing government civil society partnerships.

Michelle Bergh – Co Coordinator and facilitator of Safe Space and Volunteer Counsellor at Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

Workshop Outline:

  • Sexual harassment definitions and types
  • Why sexual harassment goes beyond obvious definitions
  • Consequences of sexual harassment
  • Employer liability
  • Effect on companies – including productivity, company morale, negative publicity,   turnover and absenteeism
  • The actions, words or items that can be associated with a hostile work environment
  • Employee and supervisor roles in preventing, reporting, and mitigating sexual harassment in the work environment

If you cannot attend, but would like more information about Rape Crisis’s SafeSpace Training & Consultation service, contact Michelle Bergh at

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We have a vision of a South Africa in which rape survivors suffer no secondary trauma, and are supported throughout their interaction with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Our mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence. Rape Crisis Cape Town seeks to achieve its mission through counselling and training of women, thereby reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, and encouraging reporting of rape and the conviction of rapists.

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