April 19, 2015
Sexual Harassment, Workplace Romance According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of sexual nature but can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. Sexual harassment claims are becoming more popular as years go by according to reports showing increases in number of claims submitted within the past years to current. Sexual harassment is illegal when matters become severe by creating a hostile environment and or adverse employment decision, including termination or
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Workplace romance is defined and two co-workers, whether mixed with management or third party employees becoming involved with one another and start a relationship. Studies have shown that younger generations are more prone to starting a work romance versus older generations. Office romances come with many high risk that are truly not worth the end result but people often don’t think these factors through. Many work romances have come to light that ended up costing people their jobs and lively hood. It is fair to say that work relationships can easily turn into harassment claims due to many factors that can take place. The couple breaks up and it then creates a hostile environment for others working with them, once the couple breaks up they begin to retaliate against one another, etc. Companies need to enforce a strict policy when it comes to workplace relationships, it is unrealistic for one to have a policy that strictly prohibits work romance because they are bound to take place. A strict policy with no grey areas as well as monthly seminars will help prevent hostile environments.
March 15, 2015
Sexual Harassment, Workplace Romance The words sexual harassment and workplace romance have become ordinary terms