Addressing sexual harassment in a sexually charged national culture: a Journal of Applied Communication Research forum

Joann Keyton, Robin Clair, Cristin A. Compton, Debbie S. Dougherty, Diane Forbes Berthoud, Jimmie Manning, Jennifer A. Scarduzio

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Abstract

Sexual harassment remains a persistent workplace problem. The 2017 #Metoo movement and what-have-come-to-be routine news stories about sexual hostility, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in American organizations have opened wounds and reinvigorated public commentary. Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sets forth guidelines for organizations to follow, questions remain about what counts as sexual harassment, and what is an organization’s responsibility in maintaining a harassment-free workplace for its employees. At the invitation of the editor, seven organizational communication scholars responded to a series of questions addressing seven issues related to sexual harassment. These are: sexual harassment policy and training; the responsibilities of bystanders of sexual harassment; organizational culture that provides more support to the harasser than the harassed; the intersection of race with sexual harassment; same-sex harassment and female-to-male harassment; and what can be learned from public movements (e.g. #Metoo). The co-authors’ responses describe sexually harassing situation with which they are familiar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-683
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018

Keywords

  • discrimination
  • gendering
  • organizational communication
  • race
  • sexual harassment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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