International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview over the International Law and Current Law and Practice in Malaysia
Dr. Muzaffar Syah Mallow

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a hazard encountered in the working place across the world. It reduces the quality of working life, jeopardizes the well-being of both working men and women, and imposes costs on firms and organizations. The issue pertaining to sexual harassment in the workplace has been addressed by several international groups like the United Nations (UN), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union (EU), the Caribbean community (CARICOM), and the organization of American States (OAS) as a human right violation, a form of violence, and discrimination. Since sexual harassment in the workplace pollutes the working environment and can have a devastating effect upon the health, confidence, morale and performance of the workers, laws and policies that specifically address the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace have been developed by national governments around the world including Malaysia. In Malaysia, the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has become one of a matter of national concern. It had been dealt under varieties of law in the country. However, due to the complex and sensitive characteristics of the cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, the victims complaints may not necessarily been properly and adequately handled under the existing laws and practice. This paper will focus on what is being done at the in Malaysia in order to prevent and combat the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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