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Protect Teen Workers From Sex Harassment

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According to a February 2009 report on the PBS show NOW titled "Is Your Daughter Safe At Work?," 200,000 teenagers are sexually assaulted or harassed at work each year.  Understanding what makes teens a vulnerable segment of the workforce will help you to protect them.

What Makes Teens Prime Targets

Teens lack work (and life) experience.  Through no fault of their own, teens often don't know

…their workplace rights.  They don't know that they have a legal right to work in an environment free from harassment by a supervisor, co-worker, vendor, customer, or a person of the same gender.  They might think, "Gee, I guess this is what the real world is supposed to be like."


…what constitutes harassment.  They might not know that sexual harassment can include sexual jokes and banter that they see as normal behavior at school, and that it doesn't have to involve physical touching.


…how to stand up for themselves.  Si...(register to read more)

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