Week 7 - Ms. Krupetskiy Professor Wehmhoefer BA 495-E 12...

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Ms. Krupetskiy Professor Wehmhoefer BA 495-E 12 August 2009 Week 7 1. I work for a small company that doesn’t have a procedure manual ; therefore, a policy on sexual harassment doesn’t exist. However, there have been some complaints of sexual harassments from one of our offices about a doctor who asks his female employees to put lotion on his back. This doctor has been approached and had a meeting with his co-workers, where he cried and said he didn’t mean to make anyone uncomfortable. In my opinion, this has law suit written all over it. But for now things have improved and everybody seem to get along just fine. I was able to locate a policy on sexual harassment for the U.S. Department of State. 1 I believe it is a well-written policy. According to John Boatright, sexual harassment programs are necessary in a workplace. Four requirements have to be fulfilled in order for the program to succeed, including 1) developing a firm policy against harassment; 2) communicating this policy to all employees and providing training; 3) setting up a procedure for reporting violations and investigating all complaints thoroughly and fairly; and 4) taking appropriate action against the offenders. 2 U.S. Department of State’s policy seems to be effective. The first three requirements for the sexual harassment program are in place. The Department has a written policy that is communicated to the employees. It also indicates the necessary steps to be taken if one becomes a victim of sexual harassment, such as contacting the Office of Civil Rights or filing an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint. 3 However, a policy doesn’t mention what kind of reprimand actions, if any, will be taken against the
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offenders. Thus, the policy is not complete. However, it is a good step towards creating a workplace free of sexual harassment. Notes 1. U.S. Department of State. Sexual Harassment Policy. 2. Boatright, p.184. Sexual Harassment Programs. 3. U.S. Department of State. Sexual Harassment Policy. Works Cited Boatright, John R. Ethics and the Conduct of Business . 6 th ed. Prentice Hill: New Jersey. 2009.
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