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Publication date: 1 September 1996

Sandra L. Fielden

Aims to present a recent unpublished report on sexual harassment within an organization comprising both paid staff and voluntary workers. This report is one of the first…

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Aims to present a recent unpublished report on sexual harassment within an organization comprising both paid staff and voluntary workers. This report is one of the first of its kind, and explores the extent and effects of sexual harassment within the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux (CABs). Posters were displayed in 45 CABs in Yorkshire and Humberside requesting information on incidents of harassment. Twenty‐five replies were received, all respondents were women and incidences involved over a third of CABs in the area. The results indicate that employment status is not predictive of who will harass, or who will become a victim of harassment, in a voluntary organization. These findings raise several important issues in terms of explanations of sexual harassment, legal implications for volunteers, and effective organizational action.

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Women in Management Review, vol. 11 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0964-9425

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Publication date: 1 August 2001

Vincent Chan and Brian H. Kleiner

Suggests that sexual harassment is very common. Analyses the defences to sexual harassment under three categories: general employer defences to claims of sexual harassment

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Suggests that sexual harassment is very common. Analyses the defences to sexual harassment under three categories: general employer defences to claims of sexual harassment, unique defences to hostile environment harassment and new developments to sexual harassment defending sexual harassment claims. Provides cases as examples. Concludes that there is still a great deal of manoeuvring room within the language of the Court.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 20 no. 5/6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 June 1996

Maura Barkouras and Brian H. Kleiner

A gender war erupted when Anita Hill accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. These allegations divided Americans and brought sexual…

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A gender war erupted when Anita Hill accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. These allegations divided Americans and brought sexual harassment to the forefront of issues in the work environment. Suddenly, sexual harassment had to be clearly defined. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's definition is “Sexual harassment is any unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favours and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”(7) The problem, however, lies in the difference of opinons in defining which behaviours constitute sexual harassment. One individual may find a crude joke funny while another individual may find it humiliating. It has been well documented that when employers establish an effective sexual harassment policy, most of the harassment cases can be handled within the company. This eliminates substantial costs that could be incurred by litigation, unproductive management, employee morale, and even community embarrassment. The hallmarks of an effective policy include communication and clarity. The employer should provide the employees with a confidential and retaliation‐proof system to report sexual harassment. This will encourage victims to come forward so the company can correct any current or future problems.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 15 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 June 1988

L.K. Savery and A.C. Gledhill

Considerable research has been conducted into the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, although most of it has been undertaken in the United States, particularly…

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Considerable research has been conducted into the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, although most of it has been undertaken in the United States, particularly since the 1970s. In 1974, for example, a group of women, almost equally black and white and with economic backgrounds ranging from very affluent to poor, discovered a common thread in their employment careers, which Farley summed up, saying:

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Personnel Review, vol. 17 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0048-3486

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Publication date: 1 August 2001

Julia M. Silva and Brian H. Kleiner

Briefly defines sexual harassment before using case law in order to demonstrate examples through the years. Looks at new developments concerning sexual harassment in City…

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Briefly defines sexual harassment before using case law in order to demonstrate examples through the years. Looks at new developments concerning sexual harassment in City government and asks what cities have learned from case law. Provides some recommendations for combating sexism and sexual harassment and concludes that there is a need for vigilance. Suggests that much more work is required in this area.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 20 no. 5/6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 March 1990

Marilyn J. Davidson and Jill Earnshaw

A survey carried out to determine Britishmanagement’s attitudes to sexual harassment inthe workplace is presented. Definitions of sexualharassment and the extent to which…

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A survey carried out to determine British management’s attitudes to sexual harassment in the workplace is presented. Definitions of sexual harassment and the extent to which legal recommendations are recognised and adopted are outlined. The survey also investigates whether and, if so, what preventive action is being taken and the manner in which complaints of sexual harassment are being handled.

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Personnel Review, vol. 19 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0048-3486

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Publication date: 1 February 1989

Lawson K. Savery and A.C. Halsted

Considerable research has been conducted into the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, although most of this research has been undertaken in the United States…

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Considerable research has been conducted into the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, although most of this research has been undertaken in the United States, particularly since the 1970's (Mackinnon, 1979; Rowe, 1981; Collins and Blodgeth, 1981). In 1974, for example, a group of women, almost equally black and white and with economic backgrounds ranging from very affluent to poor, discovered a common thread in their employment careers, which Farley (1980, p.1) summed up, saying:

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 June 1995

David B. Reynolds and Brian H. Kleiner

Professor Anita Hill's testimony in October of 1991 at the Senate confirmation hearings for then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas brought more attention to the issue…

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Professor Anita Hill's testimony in October of 1991 at the Senate confirmation hearings for then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas brought more attention to the issue of sexual harassment than in any other year since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its definitional guidelines in 1980. Recent events such as the Navy's Tailhook incident and current sexual harassment claims filed against several U.S. Congressmen have heightened awareness of the magnitude of the sexual harassment problem.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 14 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 May 2001

James R. Sisak and Michael J. Laird

Attempts to provide employers with a procedural sequence that will reduce their liability in regard to employee sexual harassment claims. Invites employers to include this…

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Attempts to provide employers with a procedural sequence that will reduce their liability in regard to employee sexual harassment claims. Invites employers to include this framework within their employee handbook. Concludes that it is vital employers understand what constitutes harassment and uses case law to provide short examples. Provides arguments advocating the use of the above policy.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 20 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 March 1996

Brent Colquitt and Brian H. Kleiner

Sexual harassment is a major concern in today's work environment. Employee sexual harassment complaints have increased substantially year after year. This issue is at the…

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Sexual harassment is a major concern in today's work environment. Employee sexual harassment complaints have increased substantially year after year. This issue is at the forefront of today's most sensitive topics in American business. Progressive employers are taking steps towards preventing sexual harassment to increase morale and reduce legal costs.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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