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Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Any kind of sexual behavior that makes the victim feel uncomfortable, includes using language (written or spoken) or visual material of sexual nature; and showing physical behavior of sexual nature is considered sexual harassment.

 

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Sexual harassment is an issue that all companies have to be prepared to handle as it is a serious problem that may arise.

According to the Employment Act 2007, a worker is harassed sexually if the employer or its representative or a co-worker request (directly or indirectly) for any form of sexual favor in order to get preferential treatment at the workplace; or threaten the worker of detrimental treatment on present or future employment status of the worker. Any kind of sexual behavior that makes the victim feel uncomfortable, includes using language (written or spoken) or visual material of sexual nature; and showing physical behavior of sexual nature is considered sexual harassment.

It’s always critical to make it known when you are in any way being sexually harassed. The first step is to speak to the person who you feel harassed you and let them know that you are uncomfortable. If they do not stop the sexual harassment, it’s important to speak to your human resource department so that they can step in and fix the problem. There’s no need to report it to your boss. It’s advisable to speak to someone that you are comfortable with who has the responsibility to take immediate action.

Companies are required to describe sexual harassment in their written policy and remain neutral to both parties. The Human Resource department will need to carry out an investigation with no bias.

If you report a sexual harassment incident, it is important to note that the person who did it may or may not be fired. They may end up receiving a warning or get transferred to a different department.

If it turns out that you are not satisfied, you can consult an employment attorney to address your claim.

 

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