Sex Discrimination or Sexual Harassment–How Can We Avoid?

Understanding the definition will help managers eliminate unwanted workplace behaviors in order to create a workplace free of sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Sex discrimination and sexual harassment is not the same.

“Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination but it is distinguishable in that the conduct involves sexual favors or the creation of an environment that tolerates unwelcome sexual advances or language. Where discrimination because of an employee’s sex involves an adverse employment decision, this violates Title VII. Also sex discrimination and sexual harassment can be distinguished in that sex discrimination is usually a single act, while sexual harassment usually involves continual conduct.”

In an operational context, in my view, what makes a good leader is the ability to take immediate and appropriate actions to minimize organization to possible exposures to lawsuits if he or she learns or hears about these types of incidents or conducts!i

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Profile Photo David B. Grinberg

Nice post, Phuong.

Folks should check out the EEOC’s website for more info on sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination in the federal sector and private sector workplaces. Also learn more about the EEOC complaint process for federal employees, as well as the private sector charge process which covers state & local governments.

And remember, proactive prevention is the best medicine to stop discrimination and harassment before it starts — through EEO training, education, outreach, technical assistance, and enhanced communication.

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