Queen of Courage
Responding to Workplace Harassment
In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Amy Averett about how we can respond to workplace harassment. As the head of the SAFE Institute, Amy brings her leadership expertise to guide us through a variety of responses when witnessing harassment of others and for ourselves. With the conversation ranging from distinguishing the difference between harassment and misconduct to developing an interruptive, managerial response, Amy emphasizes the unique responsibility each of us holds responding to harassment. Together, we can support our co-workers and protect ourselves, ensuring that we all feel valued, secure in our workplaces, and most of all, safe.
Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
Co-host: Amy Averett
In her current role as director of SAFE Institute, Amy leads a team of trainers and consultants to provide harassment prevention support to companies in Central Texas and beyond. From working at the Alamo Drafthouse to starting her own nonprofit, Amy's experience allows her to successfully lead the SAFE Institute and manage the revenue generated by SAFE's work to support services for people experiencing sexual and domestic violence. Amy founded her own nonprofit organization, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, where she aimed to engage stakeholders in improving public schools and supporting healthy youth development. When Amy isn’t offering a helping hand, she is an avid practitioner in the wonderful world of improv!
Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):
- What is harassment? 4:32
- Leadership response 7:05
- Fear of retaliation 11:27
- From bystander to "Upstander" 13:16
- Being targeted 16:43
- Coping strategies 21:15
- You just got served! 25:14
- Femme fact: Suffragette White 28:10
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- SAFE Institute (workplace harassment training)
- SAFE Alliance Austin (helpline)
- RAINN (hotline)
- Filing A Charge of Discrimination (guided article)
- Spot (incident documentation)
Link to show transcript here.
Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog post “HER Side: Toxic Work Spaces”
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