Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Bridging the Law and Employer Action
Sexual harassment is a new issue in Malaysia. A legal claim of unlawful workplace sexual harassment is in large part a factual claim at the heart which is the contest of credibility. Indeed, because the legal standards for harassment are relatively ambiguous, the primary disputes in such cases tend to center around attacks on credibility rather than on legal issues per se. Due to this reason, although the legal action has been sorted to manage sexual harassment, but many workers feel that it is not enough. In fact a number of research have shown that in order to avoid potentially costly legal battles, and to provide remedies for sexual harassment, employers have been encouraged to issue policy statements, establish grievance procedures, and educate employer. Finally the paper will outlay various suggestions on overcoming sexual harassment at workplace.
Keywords: Sexual Harassment, Law, Employer Action
Dr. Sabitha Marican
Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Management and Law, Univerisity Utara Malaysia
Dr Rusniah Ahmad
University Utara Malaysia