The Costs of Sex-based Harassment to Businesses

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An In-depth Look at the Workplace

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Ted Rizzo, Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn, Genevieve Smith, Allie Glinski, Lila O'Brien-Milne and Sarah Gammage

Corporate leaders and decision-makers need a framework that allows them to understand the full cost of sexual harassment and provides leverage points to find solutions to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

To provide this framework, ICRW conducted a review of the literature on workplace sexual harassment and a series of interviews with Human Resources professionals, union representatives, insurance brokers, legal experts and academics. The results generated a framework describing the economic impact of sexual harassment and the pathways through which that impact occurs.