Sexual harassment in the workplace can be defined as unwelcome and unwarranted sexual advances in the work environment. There are two types of sexual harassment in the workplace. These types are quid pro quo harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment. The scenario that the female employee has found herself in is the second type of sexual harassment, the hostile work environment because of her male co-worker’s incessantly asking her out.
Conversation with the Employee
The first thing I would do as the HR manager is to determine the extent to which the employee believes she is sexually harassed. I would ask her how many times the male co-worker had asked her out, and if he had ever been physically or verbally abusive after she turned him down. I would also seek to find out if the co-worker had made it more difficult to carry out her work especially if he is her superior in the workplace. I would also seek to determine if she is suffering any mental discomfort Furthermore, I would ask if she intended to file a suit against the co-worker if the behavior was going to continue. I will attempt to convince her that the HR department will take care of the issue and take action towards the male co-worker.
Conversation with Male co-worker
As the HR Manager, I will discuss with the male co-worker his behavior towards the female employee. I will attempt to explain how his behavior can be regarded as sexual harassment. The main aim is to ensure that the employee understands the intricacies of sexual harassment as well as the different shapes it takes. I will also reprimand him by refusing him a week’s pay and putting him under mandatory surveillance to ensure that he does not disturb the female employee again.