Workplace Sexual Harassment Case Study

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Workplace sexual harassment appears to be a long occurring problem in the work setting (McDonald, 2012). Additionally, workplace sexual harassment may occur in all workplace settings and is not specific to one work environment over others. However, while it is established that sexual harassment in the workplace occurs, reports of such incidents appear to be documented far less than the true frequency of incidents (McDonald, 2012). Additionally, while research regarding sexual harassment in the workplace appears to be abundant, research on sexual harassment in a criminal justice or correctional setting seems to be lacking. Therefore, this paper aims to assess the literature on sexual harassment in the workplace and sexual harassment in a correctional …show more content…
Research has been completed to help explain why sexual harassment may occur even though there are strict laws against such behavior (Brady, Kaiser, Major, & Kirby, 2015; & McDonald, 2012). Additionally, while employees claim to experience sexual harassment at work, many companies may not be aware of it due to underreporting (McDonald, 2012). However, research may help explain the discrepancies between experiencing workplace sexual harassment and reporting …show more content…
Additionally, females seem to be more at risk of being victims of sexual harassment in the workplace while males seem to be the perpetrators of the harassment (Ineson, Yap, & Whiting, 2013). Ineson et al. (2013) assessed the relationship between sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in the hospitality setting. Ineson et al. found that participants who had experienced harassment deemed scenarios of sexual harassment as threatening or demeaning. Additionally, the participants reported experiences with sexual harassment were consistently always female, and the perpetrators were consistently always male. Ineson et al. noted that this might be due to the fact that males tend to have a higher position over females in the workplace, which may evoke a sense of power and dominance in the males. As the researchers in this study noted, there may be a power struggle between males in a position of authority over females in the

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