Sexual Harassment Term Paper

2450 Words Dec 29th, 2006 10 Pages
As more and more women have entered the workforce in the last several decades, there has been a heightened awareness of the problem of sexual harassment. The recent rise of successful employee litigation in this area, combined with an extension of an employer's liability for acts of its supervisors and often its rank-and-file employees, has created an area of serious concern to employers. This is particularly so given the record settlements by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for claims of sexual harassment against one large company for 9.85 million and another for $34 million.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It includes any unwelcome advances,
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The employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer or to avoid harm otherwise.
The key to avoiding liability under this standard lies in the establishment of, and strict adherence to, a company's anti-harassment policies and procedures. In light of these decisions, it is a good time for a company to either reevaluate existing anti-harassment policies or draft new ones prohibiting sexual harassment.

At a minimum, such policies should:
1. clearly state that the company prohibits sexual harassment by employees, regardless of their position.
2. clearly state that no employee who complains to management regarding sexual harassment in the workplace will be retaliated against for reporting such conduct.
3. provide multiple avenues for an employee to complain of harassment. An open door policy for reporting sexual harassment up to the highest level of authority should be maintained.
4. Advise employees to contact their supervisor, the human resources department, or other appropriate management when faced with such conduct occurring in the workplace.
5. be posted conspicuously throughout company and distributed to all employees, wherever their location.
6. be affirmed on an annual or semi-annual basis through employee meetings, at which a record of employee attendance is maintained.
In addition,
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