Sexual Harassment at Work

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Sexual Harassment: A Workplace Issue April Tryon University of Phoenix Has anyone you know been a victim of sexual harassment? It’s a subject that should be taken very seriously. Sexual harassment is often defined as unwanted sexual attention that targets a person based on sex, is intimidating, and is often very offensive. Most people believe that women are the only victims. Sexual harassment happens to men as well as woman, but largely goes unreported. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there is nearly 15,000 cases existing a year, with 40-60% of reported complaints coming from women. Most incidents involve female victims, but the prevalence of male victims is rapidly growing. There have been 15% of reported cases involving males. (_Sexual Harassment in the United States, _2008) Sexual harassment of men does exist, but men are less likely to report the behavior due to several reasons. Some men often feel embarrassed not to be a man and enjoy the opportunity for sexual activity. They also fear that their case will not be taken seriously. Most of the time they fear the humiliation from other coworkers and masculine stereotypes. surgery. In most cases, the majority of people working in these types of environments are men and obscenities like sexually joking, explicit vocabulary, etc. are very common. who determine if a complaint of sexual harassment should be justified or not. Because of this, if one labeled the problem. Woman, often fear reporting a claim for this reason. Not reporting sexual harassment may lead the harasser to believe that they have the approval or consent, therefore, they will continue to make sexual remarks or act in sexual behavior. Unfortunately, sexual harassment effects both men and woman of all ages and does not discriminate. Figure1. Below shows a breakdown of male vs. female reported cases. {draw:frame} Figure 1. Reason victims may not report a case: Fear of job loss Fear of retaliation by other employees Fear of masculine stereotyping Embarrassment Fear of overreaction from peers The federal law prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace is Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended. The law makes certain employers responsible for preventing and stopping sexual harassment responsible for preventing and stopping sexual harassment that occurs on the job. Title VII applies to private and most public employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and joint employer-union apprenticeship programs with 15 or more employees. (Equal Rights Advocates, 2009) Most sexual harassment incidents often take place at work. All people should know that touching one another in the workplace should not go beyond a handshake but what if a person gets caught in the elevator with someone who makes a sexual remark? People often brush it off The first step that should be taken, is telling the harasser to stop. This often helps tell the harasser that you are uncomfortable. If the problem persists, one should notify a coworker or upper management. It is always important to keep notes with dates, times and what was said anddone in each incident. In the case one would report the harassment to authority, it is good to have these notes in case it is ever needed to take legal action for injury to feelings. Companies and organizations have proper procedures for dealing with complaints. With managers and supervisors aware of their responsibilities and accountability for failure to prevent and correct sexual harassment in the workplace, they often frown upon a case. The average cost to defend an employee claim is $300,000, and the average jury verdict for sexual harassment Causes of sexual harassment at work can be complex. Work relationships among coworkers can become intimate and quite intense, and those involved may share common interests. Employees can become dependent on each other and supervisors for...
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