It is unlawful to harass a person be it an applicant or employee because of that person’s sexuality. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Harassment includes sexual harassment, or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex.
Harassment is illegal not just for the victims but for others who witness it because it creates a hostile environment. Though both genders can be harassed, women are more affected because they are seen as the vulnerable ones. If any harassment occurs, the victim has 180 days to file a charge and federal employees have 45 days to contact an Equal Employment Opportunity to report the case. Continue reading SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE WORK PLACE IN NIGERIA BY SANMI AKOMOLAFE
Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advances by a male superior towards a female employee, creating an intimidating work environment. Sexual harassment can be written, verbal or physical conduct. A single event is enough to establish sexual harassment; it doesn’t have to be repeated.
A research carried out by pulse tv in Nigeria indicated that 63% of the respondents have been sexually harassed in their workplace, 9.8% filed a complaint to the HR Department of their organizations.
Do we have to tolerate sexual harassment as a requirement in exchange for employment, promotion, movie role or any kind of job benefit?
What policy are organizations putting in place to combat sexual harassment of women?
When will our government implement a civil right acts prohibiting sexual harassment of women?
What are you as a woman doing to combat this act?
Must this continue like this?
Do we keep watching these egocentric male supervisors threaten their female employees?
How do we protect ourselves against this terrible act?
We need to join the awareness movement and raise our voices. We need to expose the offenders. We want an environment conducive for women to work. We want to get that promotion without been harassed, we want to get that movie role without been asked for sex.
We want a labor act that prohibits sexual harassment during employment and at workplace.
As today’s women, we say NO to sexual harassment in the workplace.
We will continue to raise our voice.
We are the movement! Be the Movement!!
Abimbola Kolapo is a federal civil worker in Nigeria. She is the founder and creator of Touching lives for Human Development Initiative. She is also a leadership mentor for school students under the initiative The Future Leader. She is very passionate about helping the less privileged and inspiring the coming generation.
Sexual harassment is a violation of human rights. It is a manifestation of power relations and women are much more likely to be victims of sexual harassment precisely because they more often than men lack power, and are in more vulnerable and insecure positions, Some men resented female employees and perceived them as a threat in traditionally male dominated work environments. Sexual harassment is often carried out with the motive to cause embarrassment and humiliation to women. It stems from chauvinism, sense of entitlement to the body of females.
Some women don’t even know they have been sexually harassed.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary sexual harassment can be defined as the “uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature especially by a person in authority toward a subordinate (such as an employee or student)”.
Sexual harassment is an act that has eaten so deep into the work place territory in Nigeria. Our culture and tradition which seeks to objectify women has even made it more rampant, and women are expected to bear this humiliating act in the work place in order to protect their careers. They are often advised that if they want to climb to the pinnacle of their career then they must hush up and keep bearing every form of sexual harassment they encounter along the way.
Any attempt to make a report, the woman would be seen as arrogant and pompous.