Essay on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
What most people don’t know is that the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious. Harassment is only illegal when it happens frequently or so severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in negative actions such as being fired from a job.
There are certain things that an employer and an employee can do to avoid sexual harassment from occurring in their workplace. An employer has a legal duty to take action to stop harassment as soon as the management learns of it. In some cases though, an employer will be held responsible for harassment committed by a manager or supervisor, even if no one else knew what was occurring. In cases where the harassment comes from a co-worker as long as the employer was made aware of the situation and took immediate and appropriate actions to stop the harassment and address the conflict, the employer will not be held liable.
The most effective way for an employee to prevent sexual harassment from occurring within their employer is by following preventative…