CASE: EMC Confronts Harassment Charges
EMC and its employees are faced with a very hard situation. The women who work or have worked for EMC claim that they are being treated differently because of their sex. EMC denies the allegations and says they care for the well being of all their employees. Deciding who is correct in this situation is not an easy thing to do.
According to the EEOC the characteristics that qualify sexual harassment are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other contact of sexual nature (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2009). Using that as the definition for sexual harassment it can be concluded that EMC did not violate any laws for sexual harassment as no women were to be required to preform sexual favor or felt threaten because of their sex. As for sexual discrimination, that might be another story. Title VII of CRA forbids discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2009). EMC is indeed guilty of violating this act because it did not treat women the same is it did men. This is evident not only the pay rate but also in two employees who worked for the same amount of time but the man was making much more than woman was.
EMC finds it important to sell aggressively in order to be able to get their clients and maintain them happy. EMC can still continue to do this and also keep their employees happy. They would need to create positive environments in order to hold the meeting or to take out clients. Instead of the strip bars that are being frequented the women in the company can also take the clients to a dinners or even treat them to a sporting event. Taking these events into a location where the employee is comfortable is very important. If the employee is comfortable then he or she can continue selling their product and can be convincing with the clients as they are genuinely doing something the enjoy.
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