Sexual harassment involves unwanted advances from a person in the workplace. Sexual harassment can detail any form of unwelcomed advances such as inappropriate touching or speech. Laws have been implemented into companies that protect employees from this type of harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has enforced strict guidelines that protect employees and employers from clams against sexual harassment. To prevent claims against sexual harassment, employers must implement certain workplace practices to minimize the amount of claims filed against companies. Implementing certain workplace practices will decrease company costs and increase company employee morale.
The definition of workplace sexual harassment
According to Byars and Rue (2008) the EEOC Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Sex define as unlawful any unwelcome sexual conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment (Byars & Rue, 2008, pg. 9). Workplace sexual harassment can involve unwelcomed advances such as inappropriate touching, conversation, or actions. Workplace sexual harassment is common in the workplace and challenging to prove therefore certain laws and practices must be implemented to prevent these situations. Most employees and employers do not realize the types of workplace conversations that seem engaging can result in an EEO claim. Employees, managers, and supervisors are required to be mindful of the types of conversations that are discussed within the workplace.
The law that make sexual harassment illegal
Title VII of the 1964 known as one of the most important legal tools to prohibit unlawful employment discrimination “based on race, sex, color, religion, or national origin” (Byars et.al, 2008). The law state workers have legal protection from “two types of sexual harassment (1) quid...
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