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 Employee Perceptions of the Sexual Harassment Policy Process1

Policy implementation and employee perceptions of the sexual harassment policy process

As noted in the previous chapter, to report sexual harassment, employees must experience harassment, define that experience as sexual harassment, and be aware of procedures for filing reports. Reporting rates, and hence use of sexual harassment policies and procedures, appear to be reduced by factors internal to the individual employee: hesitancy to classify or define experiences as sexual harassment and fear about what may happen as a result. Thus employee perceptions about sexual harassment policy and procedures play an important role in the policy implementation process. This chapter explores these perceptions in greater detail by examining several questions about the implementation of sexual harassment ...

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