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Confronting sexual harassment in workplace

If you believe that you have experienced sexual harassment in your workplace, the Sexual Assault Center of Northeastern Wisconsin is asking you to say something.  The 11 women accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct have again brought the subject to national attention.  On Tuesday, Cuomo resigned as the governor effective in two weeks.  His Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will be his replacement.  Program Manager Holly Fisher of the Sexual Assault Center for Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin says it is better not to confront the person harassing you but rather report the incident right away to a supervisor or the human resource manager.

 

 

Fisher says people are more sensitive to the issues around harassment and how sexual jokes in the workplace can escalate it.

 


Fisher adds that there are two forms of sexual harassment.  One is quid pro quo harassment which occurs when an employee's supervisor, manager, or authority figure offers or suggests that the employee will get a promotion or raise if they provide sexual favors.  The second type of sexual harassment is unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature so severe or pervasive that it contributes to a hostile work environment.  More insidious and harder to prove, Fisher notes that this form of sexual harassment can be more challenging to detect because the request may not be direct but having sexual undertones. 

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