In 1991 women began to speak out publicly regarding sexual harassment issues and much of this progress was due to Professor Anita Hill and Judge Clearance Thomas hearing. Sexual harassment of women has been widely practiced but unfortunately ignored be... ... middle of paper ... ...ty of administrators to take sexual harassment in the workplace as a serious problem within the company. The Human Resource Department should provide all staff with a clearly written company policy on sexual harassment. When staff members abide by the rules and understand the company policy, that sexual harassment behaviors are unacceptable. The organization productivity and employees morale will increase which would help make the company more effective and efficient.
Men are usually the ones who initiate any sexual act that’s going to take place. Therefore it’s more common to find that the men are harassing the women not saying it’s never vice versa but women are shown more in my research. My personal experiences aren’t exactly direct but it gave me a firsthand view on how this issue is sometimes hard to recognize but very prominent in society today. Studies show that being sexually harassed can effect and devastate your psychological health, physical well-being and vocational development. Therefore it’s better to be aware of the history, and behavioral concepts of this issue to avoid it from happening to you.
Along with the pay gap, workplace discrimination is a serious issue. Smallbusiness.chron.com states that, "Stereotypical views regarding gender can cause supervisors to engage in the illegal practice of passing a person over for promotion due to gender" (Gluck). Because of the stereotypes, or gender roles as I explained earlier, women are not looked at as serious contenders for raises and/or promotions. Not only is this extremely problematic, it is also illegal, as the quote points out. Sexual harassment is an even bigger issue in the workplace so it seems.
Though, Title VII offers reinstatement to previous job, the individual may be shunned or harassed by co-worker thus making conditions even more uncomfortable than they were beforehand. Common law tort lawsuits, such as intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery, provide a remedy in certain types of sexual harassment cases that is totally dependent of any of the statutes and governmental agencies. However, the solutions proposed might seem comprehensive in plans to lessen sexual harassment in the workplace and punishment of harassers, women still face formidable obstacles in preventing harassment from continuing. The proposed measures fail to cover all aspects of harassment, though the truth is, it is virtually impossible to formulate a plan to do so.
Through these initiatives, a broad consensus around how this kind of treatment should be defined has been developed: it is usually identified as sex-based or sexual behavior unwelcome to its recipient. The research conducted on its extent and dynamics has confirmed that workplace sexual harassment, although it has male victims, is overwhelmingly directed at women. Moreover, it appears to be more often encountered by those who are in a less-powerful labor market position, including young workers, domestic workers, women in non-traditional jobs, migrant workers and women in the informal sector. It is also apparent that sexual harassment imposes heavy costs on both its victims and their employers.
Discrimination in the work place towards women is extremely common and occurs in everyday life. You can prove this by explaining how women in the workplace get paid, get promoted and get treated based on their sex. Sex discrimination in the workplace comes with many different faces. In its most basic form, it involves outright exclusion of women, solely by reason of their gender. Even where women have gained access to the workplace, sex discrimination may persist in other ways.
It is easier to get harassed under this category due to the fact that women will become vulnerable to men in higher positions to work there way up and/or higher there pay. This type of harassment is seen everywhere everyday. Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when verbal physical or graphic sexual displays are so pervasive that they interfere with work performance or cause an offensive or intimidating atmosphere in the workplace. This type of harassment is the type that is mentioned early, that women tend to get frightened to act upon. When something verbal physical happens, it is up to the victim to tell he/or she that she is out of line and to please not talk to him/her like that and to please no show her such images.
Voltaire tries to tell us that women at that time period were vulnerable. Because of that, Cunegonde is blinded by the real situation of women. In Cunegonde's life she has only experienced rape and being sold so, it’s highly unlikely that her perspective of women being raped will change. Women probably felt offended because Cunegonde is basically saying how it’s better to be raped more than once in order for you to be virtuous. Besides women, some men probably felt responsible for how women were treated and all of this happened was due to men feeling superior to women.
Women are one of the groups being discriminated against today. They try very hard to fit in and be successful in their careers. In Audre Lorde article on human differences, Age, class, sex and race, she also saw human difference could result as difference in sex. In this research, I was able to determine discernment against women is found in many workplaces. Some managers try to fix this problem, but others just ignore it.
Sexual harassment was defined by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as unwelcome advances and requests for sexual behavior or conditional requests such as a person’s employment will continue if they perform these acts. (Gale Group, 2003). This definition left me thinking and believing that unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior existed long before it was termed “sexual harassment” and was recognized by law as an offensive act. When we truly look back at history we can say that the female slaves and domestic servants endured unwanted sexual advances, exploitation and pressure day in and day out. They were belittled by their masters/employers and they were made to perform sexual favors in order to survive .