Sexual Harrasment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the workplace is something so common, but ironically pushed aside which results in serious legal matter. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It also takes the form of unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment that interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment results in poor performance and lack of motivation.
Organizations should have a policy that will not cause any confusion. A clear and concise policy will prevent any unnecessary legal actions. The organization can benefit
from it both by being cost effective and efficient in the future. Once policy are set in stone and the employees are aware and have a thorough understanding there should be no excuse for any misleading policies.
According to statistic’s it is proven that sexual harassment occurs more with women. To the women the issue is more present, while the man may find it hard to understand why the issue is stressed to be so important. Often, men who do not behave in a harassing way may fail to or even admit that the issue exists.
Sexual harassment cases can be very unfair when being put under a microscope by judges, managers and supervisors. It can be a potential serious consequence to both the victim and the organization. If the problem is detected at an earlier stage then the actions taken can most likely be sensitive to the victim and the organization resulting in fair and reasonable resolutions.
With diversity in the work force growing so rapidly the differences in the lifestyles and personal ethics the organization cannot afford to rely on an unwritten policy. The organization must realize that complaints will be made and it should not be handled lightly. Organizations should periodically update their policies reflecting the current times and situations. It should be mandatory to implement sexual harassment
polices and brief the employees of such policies.
On the other hand sexual harassment can be blown out of proportion. Some complaints that are made are not always reasonable. An extensive investigation should be done to make sure that it is legit and the complaint is not unfair. Perception from the receiver may be distorted from the...