Sexual Harassment In the Workplace: a formal report for a sexual harassment policy for a mock-company, Sound and Vision Inc., SVI

Essay by marccoosUniversity, Bachelor's December 2002

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This report will discuss three primary aspects of sexual harassment; its history, specific case studies, and practical applications. The report presents a history which provides an understanding about what has happened in the past which has set the stage for the issue which concerns us today. The report also examines certain case studies, showing how the courts have modified the original definition of sexual harassment into that which is accepted today. Finally the report presents some practical applications which provide examples of the policies which three companies have instituted while focusing on those characteristics which make up a good policy. The information in this report came from a compilation of media sources, business journals, Human Resource departments, as well as from meetings with, and investigative reports provided by other Executive Assistant Interns at Sound & Vision Inc. (SVI).

The purpose of this report is to present some of the practical applications and benefits of a sexual harassment policy along with some examples of other companies' policies, in anticipation of effectively supplying the reader with an overall understanding of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment in itself is a very broad term and the focus of this report is to define and apply sexual harassment to the workplace. By using many general examples along with two specific ones, this report will put sexual harassment into perspective in our workplace, and provide a foundation upon which our company, SVI, can create and implement an effective sexual harassment policy.


As long as there are men and women in the workplace sexual harassment will be an issue of concern. In legal terms, sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace the offending...