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Sexual Harassment

April 27, 2012 • Volume 22, Issue 16
Do training programs reduce offenses?
By Barbara Mantel

Introduction

Facing charges of infidelity and sexual harassment, Herman Cain announces in Atlanta (Getty Images/Scott Olson)
Facing charges of infidelity and sexual harassment, Herman Cain — his wife behind him — announces in Atlanta on Dec. 3, 2011, that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. (Getty Images/Scott Olson)

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 dispute process, but workers' advocates strongly disagree.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Oct. 31, 2014  Campus Sexual Assault
Apr. 27, 2012  Sexual Harassment
Jan. 22, 2010  Sex Scandals
May 23, 2008  Prostitution Debate
Nov. 04, 1994  Sex on Campus
Jun. 11, 1993  Prostitution
Jul. 13, 1984  Sexual Revolution Reconsidered
Aug. 25, 1971  Legalization of Prostitution
Apr. 01, 1970  Sexual Revolution: Myth or Reality
Dec. 30, 1963  Sex on the Campus
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