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 Gender Differences

Policy implementation and gender differences

One of the policy implementation recommendations presented in the preceding chapter was to increase the number of employees trained, and thus eligible, for service on sexual harassment investigatory teams. Creating a pool of trained ombudspersons available to assist both the claimant and the accused was another suggestion. Both of these recommendations must be implemented with extreme care because confidentiality issues are prominent for many employees. As noted previously, many other grievance procedures routinely involve a variety of parties—supervisors, union stewards, grievance officers—and confidentiality appears not to be a problem either perceptually or substantively. Sexual harassment seems almost to be a “law unto itself with concerns, fears, and perceptions that are likely to exceed reality. It appears ...

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