It was inevitable that the business world would be sucked into the raging debate provoked by the global MeToo Movement. Damning statistics reveal the degree to which women are subjected to sexual harassment at work, unconfined by geography or a specific industry. Yet, an introspective analysis of business circles reveals that existing laws are ineffective and that prevention of sexual harassment is more a matter of culture than a matter of court.
Workplace sexual harassment is internationally condemned as sex discrimination and a violation of human rights, and more than 75 countries have enacted legislation prohibiting it. Sexual harassment in the workplace increases absenteeism and turnover and lowers workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Yet it remains pervasive and underreported, and neither legislation nor market incentives have been able to eliminate it.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that violates the rights of an employee and constitutes a barrier to equity in the workplace. Given that sexual attention and harassment in the workplace are predominantly targeted at and committed against women, for purposes of this article victims will be referred to in the feminine and harassers in the masculine. The arbitrary permissibility of sexual attention in the workplace is problematic for three reasons.
Sexual harassment complaints have increased significantly since the MeToo movement started in Octobereven as the total number of workplace complaints to federal regulators have declined. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported an increase in sexual-harassment complaints. The EEOC received 7, sexual-harassment complaints during the last fiscal year, up
Skip to content. Women in the Profession. The article reported that Google also paid millions in exit packages to other male executives accused of sexual misconduct while keeping silent about their transgressions.
It has been two years since the MeToo movement took on wide momentum, and some big questions remain: What has changed? Has the incidence of sexual harassment in organizations decreased? What has happened to the women who have spoken up?
Application of the code. Definition of sexual harassment. The unwanted nature of sexual harassment distinguishes it from behaviour that is welcome and mutual. Forms of sexual harassment.
Now that the court has ruled that it is a form of sex discrimination forbidden by Federal law, many employers, worried about potential liability, are adopting tough anti-harassment policies. But sexual harassment is an old story, dating back at least to Biblical times: When Joseph, of the coat of many colors, worked in Egypt as an overseer for Potiphar, a captain in the Pharoah's guard, he was the unwilling object of repeated sexual advances from Potiphar's wife. In retaliation for his rejection, she told her husband he had forced himself on her, and Joseph was thrown in jail.