No More Rose Colored Lenses

A Study of University Students’ Changing Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • Stephanie Rader Sipe Georgia Southern University
  • Lindsay R.L. Larson Georgia Southern University
  • Britton A. McKay Georgia Southern University
  • Janet Moss Georgia Southern University

Abstract

The presence and impact of sexual harassment at work has long been underestimated by those most directly impacted, including university students readying to enter the work force. The current study compares university students’ expectations regarding the likelihood and impact of sexual harassment in the workforce, across a ten-year divide. Today’s cohort are more aware of the possibility of harassment, but fairly unconcerned about the potential for personal impact upon their own career, an important and consequential perceptual error. Any discrepancy between expectations and the realities of the workforce may lead to damaging consequences for both business and employees, raising the question of how educators may work to minimize such consequences. Therefore a detailed discussion is also included on recent work within higher education, regarding how to best approach the topic the issue of sexual harassment within the classroom.

Author Biographies

Stephanie Rader Sipe, Georgia Southern University

School of Accountancy

Professor of Legal Studies

Georgia Southern University College of Business

Britton A. McKay, Georgia Southern University

School of Accountancy

Associate Professor of Accountancy

Georgia Southern University College of Business

Janet Moss, Georgia Southern University

Department of Management

Lecturer of Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Georgia Southern University College of Business

Published
2018-09-25