Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Sexual harassment is a serious issue, as it can have a lasting effect on a person's psychological well-being, their career, and their livelihood. The workplace has evolved from the dark days when a boss could molest his secretary almost with impunity, to the environment that we have today where there is a heightened sense of awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment, and the gravity that the charge holds.


In addition, "It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on sex or for filing a discrimination charge" (Sexual harassment, 2008).
There are several forms of illegal sexual harassment such as violating "a person's right not to be offended, threatened, or insulted by having to hear sexual innuendos, jokes or compliments or having to see sexy magazines or pin-ups" (Perlmutter, 2008, p.352). It can also include "unwanted sexual advances, requests, or verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature" (Perlmutter, 2008, p.352). These activities can interfere with a workers production or performance of their duties as they may avoid an area that they have duties in, if it is an area where they are being harassed. The worker may feel also intimidated or despondent, which reduces their level of productivity.
Under the law, co-workers and supervisors are treated differently and have different liabilities. ...
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