Widespread sexual harassment in the public sector makes implementing sexual harassment policy a decidedly necessary task. In this book, the authors focus on the implementation of policy in public sector organizations using an analysis of case studies and survey data. The authors identify four major challenges to implementing sexual harassment policies and examine each starting with a description and concluding with specific recommendations for overcoming the challenges in policy making.

The Challenge of Sexual Harassment Policy Implementation

The challenge of sexual harassment policy implementation

One of the many challenges of implementing sexual harassment policy was brought into focus for the authors during a panel discussion at a public administration conference several years ago. The panel focused on gender and personnel issues in the public sector workplace, and the participants and audience included a mix of men and women, academics and practitioners. At one point, the discussion turned to definitional issues and sexual harassment. The point related specifically to eye contact, admiring glances, suggestive looks, leering, and the like. The male moderator of the panel, in a sincerely perplexed manner, posed the following question: “Well, how are we [males] supposed to know when we are simply looking ...

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