ERIC Number: EJ680404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Reference Count: 70
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Ethical Dilemma for Career Guidance Practice?
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v32 n1 p109-121 Feb 2004
Sexual harassment in the workplace poses something of an ethical dilemma for career guidance practice. This is because it is now known that about half of all working women in the UK are likely to be victims at some stage of their employment and that the effects on individuals are invariably negative and can be positively harmful. What, therefore, is the role for career guidance--if any--in preparing and/or supporting girls and women who might face, or who are suffering from, sexual harassment in the labour market? This issue is thrown into particularly sharp focus by recommendations from recent studies into gender inequality in the workplace which exhort practitioners to combat stereotyping by encouraging girls and women into non-traditional vocational education, training and jobs. Yet research into non-traditional occupational areas reveals that there are particularly high levels of reporting of sexual harassment by victims. This article examines some of the research evidence on workplace sexual harassment and begins to explore implications for guidance practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employed Women, Females, Ethics, Career Guidance, Sexual Harassment, Work Environment, Vocational Education
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Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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