Headline stories from Hollywood to our nation's capital - with new revelations virtually daily - are setting off alarm bells for employers throughout the country, and for good reason. It is quite likely that the tremendous media attention on the issue of sexual harassment will result in an increase in complaints against employers and potential claims. That, in turn, certainly raises the specter of additional liabilities for employers. But rather than solely viewing the situation as a threat, employers can instead use the current discussion about sexual harassment as an opportunity - an opportunity to ensure their policies are up to date and appropriate, to better educate and train their supervisors and managers, and to display, and in some cases create, a workplace that demonstrates care for its employees--which reflects a non-threatening, comfortable environment, and which promptly and effectively investigates and resolves complaints.
Workplace Sexual Harassment: Threat and Opportunity
Sexual harassment - Wikipedia
Sexual harassment is a type of harassment involving the use of explicit or implicit sexual overtones, including the unwelcome and inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Harassers or victims may be of any sex or gender. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. Laws surrounding sexual harassment generally do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents—that is due to the fact that they do not impose a "general civility code. The legal and social understanding of sexual harassment, however, varies by culture.
Sexual harassment is a pressing national issue in both the public sphere and many workplaces. Recent high-profile allegations in the media, government, and prominent firms as well as the accompanying social movements such as TimesUp and MeToo have raised the visibility of sexual harassment, strongly suggesting that workplace sexual harassment has not been effectively addressed—or perhaps even taken seriously—by many employers. In this report we examine employer responses and the outcomes of 46, Title VII sexual harassment discrimination charges filed between and with the U. After a summary of our main findings, we present a short introduction to the definition of sexual harassment under the law. This is followed by our estimates on the frequency of sexual harassment in U.
Workplace sexual harassment is internationally condemned as sex discrimination and a violation of human rights, and more than 75 countries have enacted legislation prohibiting it. Sexual harassment in the workplace increases absenteeism and turnover and lowers workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Yet it remains pervasive and underreported, and neither legislation nor market incentives have been able to eliminate it. Strong workplace policies prohibiting sexual harassment, workplace training, and a complaints process that protects workers from retaliation seem to offer the most promise in reducing sexual harassment.