In our last post, we asked the question of whether employees dealing with sexual harassment on a regular basis is the new normal. The question arose in the midst of the latest payout by Fox News to remove someone reportedly accused of harassing female employees. Indeed, the Bill O’Reilly situation is outside of the norm (with regards to payouts for problem employees). But we are concerned because there are potentially thousands of young women who are afraid to speak out against discrimination because they fear losing their jobs.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is sadly becoming the new normal. While this may be shocking to some and offending to others, it is unfortunately a statement that has strong statistical roots. On the heels of the recent story regarding Fox News’ payments to settle alleged sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly, we have noticed a disturbing trend of high profile sexual harassment incidents.
With Valentine’s Day passing last week, it is appropriate to talk about office romances. After all, Valentine’s Day may be the beginning of relationships that may spawn from spending so many hours in the office together.
The latest jobs report (for the month of February) revealed a steady increase in hiring. Overall, the nation's economy added 224, 000 jobs, which was a welcome sight compared to the number of jobs added in January.
The next time you are in a restaurant and are poised to leave a tip, consider this: tipping is not just about giving an extra “thank you” for receiving good service. It is often a way of life for the poor and disadvantaged; particularly young women who are in their first jobs.
Nothing can spark gossip in the office more than rumors of an office romance. After all, who doesn’t like a love story that starts at work. When you really think about it, we spend a majority of our days in the office, and our co-workers can sometimes know us better than our family members and spouses.
Sexual harassment can be a stressful and traumatic experience that no one should have to endure while in the workplace. After all, we spend a great deal of our lives at work, so having to deal with demeaning, disrespectful, and of course, illegal treatment can cause a great deal of strife in one’s life.
At this time of year, it is customary for businesses and organizations to have holiday parties. Depending on where you work, the gathering may be at the office or at a separate location. Regardless of where the party is, it is not uncommon for people to “let their hair down” and have a good time. This is especially true when people are liberal with their alcohol consumption, or mistletoe leads to awkward moments.
Under ideal circumstances, an individual employee should be judged solely based upon his or her work performance and product. However, in the real world, employees in all industries and at all levels routinely confront discrimination, harassment and hostilities related to their sex, religion, nationality, age, disability and sexual orientation.
From an off-color joke or inappropriate comment to actual propositions and unwanted physical advances; millions of women and men have been the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Frequently, actions that constitute as sexual harassment are initially brushed off in hopes the perpetrator will stop. In many cases, however, the behavior persists and intensifies in nature leaving a victim feeling upset, angry, confused, violated and embarrassed.