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Publication details for Professor Deirdre McCann

McCann, Deirdre (2005). Sexual Harassment at Work: National and International Responses. Geneva, International Labour Organization.

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Over the last decade, there has been a growing awareness worldwide of the existence
and extent of sexual harassment in the workplace. Governments, employers’ and workers’
organizations in both industrialized and developing countries have introduced a range of
laws, policies and procedures aimed at preventing and combating it. Given this
proliferation of measures designed to prevent sexual harassment, it is useful to review their
development and consider the range of issues encountered in designing them, as an aid to
identifying the most effective ways to combat harassment at the workplace, national and
international levels. The following chapters review the advances made at the international
and regional levels (Chapter II); national laws (Chapter III); the range of actions being
taken by governments, the social partners and non-government organizations (Chapter IV);
and workplace policies and procedures (Chapter V). This chapter sets the scene for those
discussions by examining the nature of sexual harassment, the ways in which it is being
defined, and its significance to both the workers it affects and the organizations in which it
takes place.