Sexual harassment is unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex. It violates both local law and code of conduct (issued by company itself or customers).
Types of sexual harassment
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:
The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
The harasser can be the victims supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.
Process of sexual harassment
When an employee complains to a supervisor, another employee, or the human resources office, about sexual harassment, an immediate investigation of the charge should occur.
Supervisors should immediately involve human resources staff. Employees need to understand that they have an obligation to report sexual harassment concerns to their supervisor or the human resources office.
4. How to avoid and prevent sexual harassment?
Company should setup procedure and policy in written statement then inform to all employees.