The Effects Of Sexual Harassment On Female Officers

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Imagine being a female officer working in a male dominated environment where the male officers tell sexually explicit jokes in the hallway. Supervisors play a pivotal role in managing a productive diversified workplace (Miller & More, 2011). All employees should feel at ease while in their work environment (Miller & More, 2011). Officers tend to get comfortable in how the department operates and expect things to continue to function in the same way. Supervisors must counteract harmful or undesirable actions or behaviors immediately when an employee becomes difficult to work with or display unsuitable behavior, which can impair the effectiveness of the officer (Miller & More, 2011). Supervisors deal with a variety of employee behavior; however, supervisors must be fair and competent when evaluating employees’ behavior (Miller & More, 2011). Change is inevitable; however, it is necessary to the growth of a law enforcement agency (Miller & More, 2011). Sexual harassment is one of the reasons why the turnover rate for female officers is high (Miller & More, 2011). Sexual harassment is “any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Any conduct of a sexual nature that makes an employee uncomfortable has the potential to be sexual harassment” (NOLO, 2014, para. 4). The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual harassment (Miller & More, 2011). If management takes immediate and effective steps to
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