The Effects Of Sexual Harassment On Human Resources Essay

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Introduction Sexual harassment can occur in several different forms within the workplace, but the type which tends to cause the most controversy is what Pynes calls “hostile environment harassment” (Pynes, 2013). Cases involving this form of harassment can be difficult for human resource departments to effectively deal with because defining what constitutes a “hostile environment” can be open to interpretation. However, the official statement from the EEOC defines it as “verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when…such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment” (Pynes, 2013).
In this case study, a man named Anselmo Bryan was fired on September 19, 2004 based on several allegations of sexual harassment; these incidents occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2004. Some evidence was also presented at his disciplinary predetermination hearing which suggested that other unreported incidents had occurred during the time he was employed with the City of Salt Lake
During a staff meeting on May 25, 2000, one of Anselmo Bryan’s coworkers noticed that he was repeatedly touching another female employee “on the wrist and on the back to emphasize a point he made” (Reeves, 2006). This incident was not reported as sexual harassment, but Bryan was counseled that this type of behavior was not acceptable in the workplace and should be stopped.
Two incidents…

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