Over the last few decades matters in the business world have changed dramatically. Companies are facing a wide range of challenges as they strive to discover ways to succeed and stay competitive within the marketplace. In order to do so, it’s crucial to have most experienced, well educated, and compassionate management team to run the business. By achieving this standard, matters of the company will be kept running effortlessly and proficiently, while keeping both management and personnel all on the same page, working towards the same goal.
An organization cannot put together an outstanding team of professionals without good Human Resources department, commonly referred to as “HR”. HR managers focus on a wide range of responsibilities including labor relations, employee development, compensation benefits, and recruitment. HR is also responsible for studying and putting into practice laws and regulations for the company - no matter how small (McKee, 2014, p.13). This includes holding each employee to be accountable to their compliance to these principles. HR must interact daily with employees and function best as part of the in-house management team, interacting with everyone on a daily basis.
Often, the legal issues that HR professionals deal with can have the ability to affect management and the company’s well-being. Sexual harassment is one of the threatening concerns of any business. It is described as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” (McKee, 2014, p.500). Sexual harassment can have an effect on an individual’s work performance and generate a hostile or intimidating work environment. Anyone can be affected no matter what gender or age. Studies show that in recent years, claims filed by men have increased by 4.7% over the last 14 years (McKee, 2014. p.500). Though the responsibility to report an incident lies on the individual to whom it is happening, it also is important that managers and HR be aware of what is transpiring around them within the workplace.
One of the largest Sexual Harassment cases in history was won by one single employee, in Sacramento California on March 2, 2012 (Francis, 2012). Ani Chopourian claimed she had been tormented and sexually harassed by surgeons and the medical staff in the Cardiac Surgery Center at Mercy General Hospital between the years of 2006 - 2008. She stated that doctors used inappropriate sexual dialogue and acted in a passive aggressive behavior. Ms. Chopourian filed approximately 18 written complaints regarding patient safety, sexual harassment, as well as meal and break rules not being in compliance with policy. Her last filed complaint was received by human resources July 31, 2008 and consequently, she was terminated on Aug. 7, 2008. The hospital and HR claimed that she reportedly fell asleep on the job and failed to show up for her on-call shifts (Francis, 2012).
Ms. Chopourian followed the correct steps...