Sexual Harassment in the workplace is something so common, but ironically pushed aside which results in serious legal matter. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It also takes the form of unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. .
Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a complicated issue that confronts employers and employees far too often in the workplace. It causes confusion and uncertainty which interferes with a productive working environment. .
Sexual harassment that interferes with an individuals work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment results in poor performance and lack of motivation. .
Policies and facts.
Organizations should have a policy that will not cause any confusion. A clear and concise policy will prevent any unnecessary legal actions. The organization can benefit from it both by being cost effective and efficient in the future. Once policies are set in stone and the employees are aware and have a thorough understanding there should be no excuse for any misleading policies. To women in the workplace the issue is more present, while the man may find it hard to understand why the issue is stressed to be so important. Often, men who do not behave in a harassing way may fail to or even admit that the issue exists. Sexual harassment cases can be very unfair when being put under a microscope by judges, managers and supervisors. It can be a potential serious consequence to both the victim and the organization. Some consequences includelower productivity, high turnover, and even legal action? (Keller, p23). If the problem is detected at an earlier stage then the actions taken can most likely be sensitive to the victim and the organization resulting in fair and reasonable resolutions.