The number of sexual harassment cases that are reported each year should be a wakeup call to Corporate America (cost in dollars and productivity) and a concern for society in general (moral collapse). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that from fiscal years 2010-2013, there were 30,580 reported sexual harassment claims resulting in monetary payouts of 173.9 million dollars (Sexual Harassment Charges (EEOC Only), 2014, p.1). Sexual harassment can happen to a man or woman, however as I stated in my previous paper I will research the effects of sexual harassment, specifically a hostile work environment toward women and the effects this has on the victims, co-workers, businesses and society as a whole. A hostile work environment for this paper is defined as sexual conduct that unreasonably interferes with a woman’s work performance or that has created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. As more women enter the workforce, their vulnerability to harassment has increased. What is often reported by media outlets are the criminal acts of rape, assault and molestation toward women, while the ‘less severe’ forms of harassment like verbal abuse, repeated lewd emails or texts, physical touching, or unwelcome comments on behavior or dress are given free reign, because society as a whole is not aware of the magnitude of the problem and how it affects each and every one of us, even though we may not of directly been involved in a sexual harassment situation. “Research must evolve to capture finer-grained distinctions in sexually harassing conduct, in the eyes of all victims” (Kabat-Farr, Cortina, 2014, p.58).
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... understand the contexts that give rise to sexual harassment in the workplace. The following four cases are sexual harassment cases in 2013 that show the problem is not going away and that it affects all aspects of society not only Corporate America but the military, civil service, education and state agencies (1) National Guard failed to investigate sexual harassment claim and ordered to pay $231,000, (2) female firefighter awarded $1.7 million after being fired for complaining about sexual harassment, (3) Atlanta school district bus driver awarded $200,000 after she claimed a manager exposed himself to her, and tried to have sex with her and when she refused she was fired, and finally (4) a pool lifeguard awarded $3.5 million after reporting that her manager propositioned and ogled her, and when she complained to six different supervisors no action was ever taken.
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