Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
Sexual harassment refers to the behavior that humiliates an individual based on sex (Hersch, 2015). Men and women experience sexual harassment but Hersch (2015) asserts that the majority of victims are women. These women could be working at supervisory levels in male-dominated environments such as the military system. At some point they tolerate sexual harassment to maintain good working relationships with colleagues, and keep their jobs. Moreover, sexual harassment presents among the male employees depending on their sexual orientation and expression of femininity (Hersch, 2015). For example, co-workers might call other men gays depending on their gender performance. Victims of sexual harassment are mostly the young women who hold low-position jobs, and are supervised by men. Additionally, the migrant workers are subject to sexual assault in the workplace.
Stereotypes still hold that sexual harassment involves a boss and a mere secretary but people need to step out and improve organizational policies and training procedures on sexual assault. When workers are aware of the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment they become motivated to avoid the behavior and exercise better norms in the workplace (Hersch, 2015). Moreover, organizations should establish sound complaint procedures and prohibit sexual harassment.
Hersch, J. (2015). Sexual harassment in the workplace. IZA World of Labor.