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GUIDELINES FOR A SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
IN THE WORKPLACE
Some employers have provided general policies that can also address sex-
ual harassment issues during the current economic downturn and include
the following principles.
￿ Demonstrate a renewed commitment to eradicate and prevent sexual
harassment.
￿ Provide a clear definition of sexual harassment including both the giv-
ing of a favor or with the expectation of a returned favor, or quid pro
quo , and a hostile work environment.
￿ Include enforceable penalties that the employer will impose for sub-
stantiated sexual harassment conduct.
￿ Provide a detailed outline of
the grievance procedure employees
should use.
￿ Develop and make qualified resource or contact persons available for
consultation.
￿ Make an expressed commitment to keep all sexual harassment com-
plaints and personnel actions confidential.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1990)
set
forth principles that address sexual harassment:
￿ An expressed commitment to eradicate and prevent sexual harassment;
￿ A definition of sexual harassment including both quid pro quo and hos-
tile work environment;
￿ An explanation of penalties that the employer will impose for substan-
tiated sexual harassment conduct;
￿ A detailed outline of the grievance procedure employees should use;
￿ Additional resource or contact persons available for consultation;
￿ A clear commitment to keep all sexual harassment complaints and per-
sonnel actions confidential.
During the current economic downturn it is important that a com-
pany's basic policies incorporate these guidelines.
Case Example
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) described the broad and
varied setting in which its constituents worked. Personnel often moved
from the office, to a hospital, and to an educational environment within
a single day. AAP felt that the size and nature of each organization were
important factors that determined the degree of formality needed to help
 
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