Sexual Harassment Within The Workplace

949 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Sexual harassment (SH) in the workplace, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, is a form of discrimination based on sex. SH can be subjective, in the sense that it can range from anything as severe to asking for sex in exchange for something to gloating about sexual capabilities. While both women and men can be victims, trends indicate that women are greater times the recipient. According to Kubik (2016) 40 – 75% of women and 15% of men experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Although sexual harassment doesn 't pertain to any certain type of occupation, it is seen to be more common in care work and male-dominated work environments. Even women in a position of authority may experience gender-based sexual harassment. Within this essay, I provide an overview of the impacts and legal obligations for employers in relation to sexual harassment, as well as the principles for effectively preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment in employment is a present-day political issue that acts as a barrier to gender equality.

Named a form of discrimination in 1989 (Kubik, 2016); sexual harassment within employment can contribute to several negative impacts, such as low morale, absenteeism, employee turnover, and an overall reduction of productivity and performance. Occurring when an employee feels threatened or uncomfortable with the remarks or behaviour made against them or that they have been a witness to; SH claim’s reflect…
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