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 Reporting Sexual Harassment1

Policy implementation and reporting sexual harassment

Research on sexual harassment has focused predominantly on definitional issues as well as on perceptions of whether, when, and how sexual harassment occurred (for example, Fitzgerald et al., 1988; Paludi et al., 1990; Kelly, 1992; Frazieret al., 1995; MSPB, 1995, among many others). Discussion has also centered on the types of policies that should be developed and how they ought to be implemented, including surveys of the extent and types of policies in place (Ross and England, 1987; Remick et al., 1990; Biaggio et al., 1990; American Association of University Professors [AAUP], 1995). Less research, however, has explicitly examined the link between employee perceptions of sexual harassment and policy implementation. And there has been ...

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