Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Bridging the Law and Employer Action

Dr. Sabitha Marican,
Dr Rusniah Ahmad
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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
Stream: Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Dr. Sabitha Marican

Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Management and Law, Univerisity Utara Malaysia
Jitra, Kedah, Malaysia

I am an associate professor in Public Management, and a staff in this university for the past 20 years. Apart from teaching , I have also written 6 books relating to management and research method. My research interest are issues related to human resource, organizational sociology and gender at workplace.

Dr Rusniah Ahmad

University Utara Malaysia
Jitra, Kedah, Marshall Islands

Author has been teaching law at the Faculty since 1991, she has chaired the committee of the Masters Program and the coloqium committee including the Staf's welfare committee of the Faculty.Her areas of interest are law and ethics, constitutional law and administrative law.

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