Zero-Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policies Could Help Curb Unwanted Advances

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Employees are more likely to report sexual harassment they witness at work when there is a zero-tolerance policy in place, according to a new Florida International University (FIU) study.

Findings show companies where zero-tolerance policies are a top-priority are particularly effective in increasing the reporting of the most common forms of sexual harassment, whether moderate or severe, including sexually suggestive remarks that create a hostile work environment. The study is the first to show organizational policies can actually influence a person’s willingness to report sexual harassment they witness.

“We have known for some time that organizational policies around sexual harassment

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