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.

Policy Implementation and Definitions of Sexual Harassment

Policy implementation and definitions of sexual harassment

This chapter explores the policy implementation challenges emanating from the task or, more specifically, the problem of defining sexual harassment. As will be shown, legal definitions of what constitutes sexual harassment are reasonably clear, with some moderate alterations and refinements over time. Further, people are in widespread agreement regarding the specific behaviors, incidents, or environments that constitute sexual harassment, according to survey research to date. Although there appears to be some gender-based variation in such definitions, it does not seem to be extreme and is focused primarily on less serious behaviors.

Given reasonable agreement among employees regarding definitions of sexual harassment and fairly clear guidelines regarding what constitutes litigable cases of sexual harassment, ...

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