Sexual Harassment Bad for Victims and For Business

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Sexual harassment

Although sexual harassment in the workplace has been studied extensively, virtually all the research has focused on its effects on individuals.


Now a study breaks new ground by investigating whether sexual harassment is linked to better or worse performance by an entire team that includes one or more victims.

The results, published in the current issue of the Academy of Management Journal, reveal that there is, in fact, a strong link. Sexual harassment, the study finds, is associated with appreciably more conflict in work teams as well as with less team cohesion and less success in meeting financial goals.

"Eliminating sexual harassment not only makes good moral and legal sense