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Lilia M. Cortina & Jennifer L. Berdahl

In: The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume I - Micro Approaches

Chapter 25: Sexual Harassment in Organizations: A Decade of Research in Review

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Sexual Harassment in Organizations: A Decade of Research in Review
Sexual harassment in organizations: A decade of research in review

For 30 years, sexual harassment has been recognized as a serious organizational problem and a violation of US law. The Navy Tailhook scandal and Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 launched sexual harassment to the forefront of public attention. This was followed by a virtual explosion of research on the topic, leading to the estimate that one out of every two women is harassed at some point in her working life. We review this scholarship in the current chapter, concentrating on the last decade of work.

Our principal focus is sexual harassment in the workplace. Although sexual harassment also occurs elsewhere, other domains are beyond the scope of ...

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