Finding the Line
EMS Sexual Harassment Training Program
A sexual harassment training program that goes beyond simply checking the box”
Sexual Harassment & EMS
Sexual Harassment rules, regulations & requirements can be confusing. Understanding the rules, regulations and requirements that apply to your service is crucial to the creation and implementation of an effective plan to protect your employees, and the organization, from sexual harassment.
If you are searching for federally mandated training requirements for sexual harassment, you will not find any. Although there are not any mandated training requirements, the federal government does acknowledge that prevention is an employer’s best tool to eliminate sexual and unlawful harassment in the workplace. The federal government also holds employers “automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in negative employment action…” as well as harassment by non-supervisory employees when they knew, or should have known, and fail to make corrective actions, quickly.
What can you do to protect your employees?
The best thing you can do is take steps to prevent sexual harassment from happening in your organization. Let’s face it – the very nature of our work in EMS creates opportunity for sexual harassment. We work long shifts in close quarters with minimal supervision – we encounter one stressful situation after the next, and sometimes struggle to find and utilize appropriate stress management or coping skills. Taking the time to educate your leadership, supervisors and front-line staff on what sexual harassment can look and feel like, for both sides, is worth the time and investment.
It is widely recognized that the most effective sexual harassment training programs is industry-specific and includes the following:
- A comprehensive and clearly communicated anti-harassment policy
- Includes examples of illegal behaviour (both overt & subtle)
- Provides program attendees with the ability to ask and receive answers about the program content.
State Laws & Training Requirements
Many states have their own sexual harassment and discrimination laws that include some direction or encouragement of associated training.
There are numerous state legislative initiatives currently pending that will require and dictate the content of employee & supervisor sexual harassment training. Moore EMS Consulting, LLC can help you navigate changing regulations in your state.
To view a complete list of training requirements per state, please visit our List of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements per State page.
My state doesn’t require training – is it really worth the cost to provide?
Training employees on anything annually can get expensive, and not all organizations have the administrative staff to help curate, organize and coordinate “non-essential” or “non-clinical” training. We get it – resources are dedicated to the training required to keep licensure and certifications necessary to respond to ambulance calls and this makes total sense. Failure to provide sexual harassment training to staff, supervisors and management can result in:
- An environment where harassment can flourish
- Unreported or underreported incidents
- Lawsuits and investigations that consume both personnel and financial resources
- Employees who feel unsafe in their work environment
- High employee turnover / difficulty recruiting new employees
What sets mPower Workforce Development: Sexual Harassment training apart?
Our goal is to provide effective sexual harassment training to those who work in an environment that offers unique challenges. Traditional sexual harassment educational programs are typically not EMS-based and focus heavily on the legal definitions making it difficult for attendees to understand how the legal principals apply in their practical working environment. These programs often involve scenarios acted out by actors and tend to be very cheesy. Attendees of these programs become difficult to watch and the important message gets lost.
mPower Workforce Development’s sexual harassment educational program is an industry-based educational program that demonstrates the important legal principals through compelling interviews with actual EMS professionals, not actors. Attendees can easily understand, relate, and apply the legal requirements and practically change the culture in their workplace.
Ready to learn more?
Purchase a group license here:
Instructions: Enter in the total number of licenses you need (employees + managers) and select which course you need After purchase you will be able to assign members of your team licenses based on their roles.
Minimum order quantity is 50 licenses. What is a license?
Pricing Breakdown for Course Per Seat
|50 to 99||$12.00|
|100 to 149||$11.50|
|150 to 199||$11.00|
|200 to 249||$10.50|
|250 to 299||$10.00|
|300 to 349||$9.50|
|350 to 399||$9.00|
|400 to 449||$8.50|
|450 to 499||$8.00|