Sexual Harassment Facts

POWER: Sexual harassment is an issue of power. People are sexually harassed by people who have greater power by virtue of their position, seniority, physical size, etc.

PERCEPTION: Men and women usually perceive sexual harassment differently, i.e. what behaviors are sexual harassment, and how much sexual harassment actually is occurring in the workplace.

RECOGNITION: The majority of management personnel and employees do not know how to recognize subtle sexual harassment.

TRAINING: Effective sexual harassment education programs and complaint procedures encourage sexually harassed employees to resolve their sexual harassment situations informally within their organization.

NO STEREOTYPES: There are no stereotypical recipients of sexual harassment. Woman who work in male-dominated jobs and men who work in female-dominated jobs are usually vulnerable to being sexually harassed by their peers.

SAME SEX SEXUAL HARASSMENT:  Same sex sexual harassment is covered by the same laws as male-female or female-male sexual harassment.

RESPONSIVENESS:

  • Employers who take swift and appropriate corrective actions to stop sexual harassment situations and insure that its recipients are not retaliated against may win the confidence of all employees and reduce their legal and financial liabilities in the process.
  • It is management’s responsibility to correct sexual harassment when it knows about it…not that of the employee being sexually harassed.
  • It is management’s responsibility to correct sexual  harassment situations that it should know about (ie, hears rumors or receives an anonymous letter that says sexual harassment is occurring)