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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace$
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Steven M. Elias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722602

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722602.001.0001

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The Role of Social Power in Sexual Harassment and Job Discrimination

The Role of Social Power in Sexual Harassment and Job Discrimination

(p.178) 8 The Role of Social Power in Sexual Harassment and Job Discrimination
Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

Steven M. Elias

Lindsey A. Gibson

Chet E. Barney

NYU Press

This chapter explores sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Sexual harassments are all too common in the workplace. Jokes with sexual content, whistling at a woman in a skirt, and soliciting favors of a sexual nature are just a handful of instances where one employee is inappropriately exercising power over another employee. Like sexual harassment, it is not uncommon for job discrimination to occur within an organization. For example, while it may be an unlawful employment practice, employers undoubtedly continue to consider certain protected demographics (such as gender and race) when making personnel decisions. In relation to these cases, social power—the ability of a person to influence or change the behavior of another—can be leveraged in order to perpetrate sexual harassment and engage in discriminatory practices.

Keywords:   sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, job discrimination, social power, influence

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