Sexual Harassment

Do training programs reduce offenses?


Workplace sexual harassment dominated the news last fall when four women accused presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual misconduct in the late 1990s — accusations Cain vigorously denied. Employment lawyers say the widespread adoption of anti-harassment policies and training programs over the past decade has led to a decline in workplace sexual harassment charges filed with federal, state and local government agencies. But plaintiffs' attorneys say sexual harassment remains a persistent and under-reported problem that boiler-plate corporate policies and training programs often fail to address. And worker-rights advocates say the numbers of charges may be declining for other reasons, including a move by employers to require potential employees to agree to binding arbitration of workplace disputes. Companies say arbitration benefits everyone by speeding up the ...

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