|What is Sexual Harassment and why is it a Union issue?|
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention in the workplace.
IT'S ABOUT POWER
Sexual harassment victims have one thing in common. They are all vulnerable. Some are vulnerable because of their low status in the workplace. They have little power on the job; they need their paychecks; the job market is tight and they have families to support.
A LABOR CONCERN
Sexual harassment is a labor concern that should be confronted with the same resources and energy that unions use to attack issues of pay and benefits. Sexual harassment can create an intolerable working condition.
AFFECTS WOMEN AND MEN
Ninety percent of all sexual harassment complaints are filed by women because of conduct by men. One percent are filed by men, who are harassed by women. And nine per cent are filed by people who are harassed by members of their own sex.
Harassment is Unwanted Sexual Attention.
Sexual attention becomes harassment when it is unwanted. The person who is receiving that attention is the one who has the right to determine whether this attention is wanted or not.
DEFINING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXPERIENCE
Most incidents of sexual harassment have five key characteristics. These provide a useful guideline.