Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sensual nature, seeking physical favours, inappropriate or physical harassment in the workplace or work performance of a person.
What the Law Says
By law, sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – it is a form of sexual discrimination. The act applies to workplaces where more than 15 employees work; This includes local, state, and federal workplace and private sector businesses.
Part of doing business in a civilized society requires that all employees have an understanding of responsibility in terms of appropriate behaviour in the workplace. Harassment of a sexual nature can be substantially overcome-if not completely eliminated-from the workplace by having the knowledge and complete and sufficient sexual harassment training.
Statistically, in 2007, 12510 cases were registered, which resulted in $ 49.9 million dollars monetary benefits (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation), according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Researchers have proven that organizations that participate in sexual harassment training and seminars have a low ratio of cases of abuse than those who did not commit sexual harassment training.