Sexual Harassment At The Workplace

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It is great to have a workplace where you are friends with your coworkers. But what happens when coworkers talk about other coworkers in a sexual context. Two male coworkers talking about female staff where coworkers in the area can hear. Your manager suggests that they can help you earn a promotion if you go out with them. This puts employees in awkward situations where they might not know if this is considered sexual harassment. If it is, an employee maybe unsure what to do about it. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also known as the EEOC, in FY 2016 there were 12, 860 charges filed with the EEOC for sex-based harassment allegations including sexual harassment (EEOC, n.d.). That number does not…show more content…
This does not need to a direct verbal request; it could be implied or a physical conduct. Quid pro quo sexual harassment can be considered with a single incident. A hostile work environment is when speech or conduct is severe that it creates an intimidating or demeaning working environment that it negatively affects an employee’s job performance. While the perpetrator may think something they said is just a joke and did not mean to offend a fellow coworker, another employee may find it offensive. Hostile work environment can be displays of offensive material, sexual jokes, or persistent unwanted attention. Hostile work environment normally is incidents that happen multiple times, it is not usually an isolated incident. Even if an employee was not the target of an action or comment, it could cause a hostile work environment for others.

There could be damage caused by sexual harassment to the victim as well as their family. It can affect the victim’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Sexual harassment can cause a psychological effect. Ninety to ninety-five percent of those sexually harassed causes some form of stress reaction. Anger, fear, and/or embarrassment are all emotions that victims feel. Health issues like difficult sleeping, loss of appetite, anxiety, and depression make it difficult for these victims to function. Victims could lose up to

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