Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Essay

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Sexual harassment in its most basic form is the unwanted sexual attention from someone in the workplace. The problem with sexual harassment is that it creates a hostile work environment, which slows or stops productivity and workforce cooperation. Other than the productivity, acquiring legal counsel and settlements are very expensive. The three articles examined cover current understandings of sexual harassment research, gender based harassment, and a thorough breakdown of the laws. The APA ethics guidelines are well defined standards that psychologists are expected to follow to avoid the obvious legal and professional issues that follow such violations. “Standard 3.02 states that sexual harassment can be verbal or nonverbal …show more content…
This article is a breakdown of the all the knowledge in the area of sexual harassment in the workplace, focusing on management and organizations. The definition is the same as the APA ethical standard. The findings of this article were that sexual harassment is still under reported for various reasons and that the uncertainty of interpretations of sexual harassment has made strategies to counter it less than successful (McDonald, 2012). In the conclusion there was a suggestion for bridging sexual harassment studies with other counter productive workplace behaviors to broaden the understanding of the issue (McDonald, 2012). Instead of studying sexual harassment in and of itself expand the study include other behaviors that probably stem from the same place. The second article, Gender Harassment: Broadening our Understanding of Sex Based Harassment at Work, is a two part study of survey data collected from the military personnel and attorneys. The findings of the study was that where men are dominate (military & law firms) women are harassed more as a means to push them out of jobs men perceive as a man’s job (Leskinen, Cortina, & Kabat, 2011). Sexual harassed women report lower psychological well-being, job performance, job commitment, and satisfaction with their employment and health (Leskinen, Cortina, & Kabat, 2011). The results of this study were what most would expect it

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