Be Aware suggests a systematic approach by providing different tools and methods to improve the professional development of HR Managers, VET trainers, teachers, mentors, workers’ representatives. The project outcomes will improve their capability to deal with the matter of sexual harassment in the workplace more effectively and to fulfil their role protecting the rights of the employees.
Under civil law sex-related harassment is defined as unwelcome, inappropriate, insulting, degrading or offensive sex-related behaviour within the workplace with the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile and humiliating work environment for the harassed person. It is also defined as treatment of a person in a less favourable way because this person rejects or accepts acts of sexual harassment. All kinds of actions, verbal and non-verbal as well as physical, may fulfil the criteria. Not only the physical but also the mental integrity of individuals is to be protected under these rules. According to jurisdiction physical contact against the will of the employee or repeated sexual advances, sexual jokes, pressure for sexual favours or offensive propositions may be considered sexual harassment.