Workplace and Sexual Harassment: Time to Take a Second Look at the Law?

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 792)


With the recent allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein and other famous figures in the entertainment industry taking over the news in recent months, there has been a renewed focus on sexual harassment (SH) worldwide. This paper takes a legal look at SH particularly in Ghana. In its submission, this paper discusses the controversies surrounding the meaning of SH and offers arguments characterizing it as an abuse of power at the workplace. The 21st Century dynamics of the menace are also examined and its prevalence presented in a global context. In conclusion, this paper offers relevant insights for improving Ghana’s laws on SH.


Sexual harassment Workplace Law Ghana 


  1. 1.
    Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A.: Organizational Behaviour, 13th edn. Pearson Education, Harlow (2009)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Silverstein, S., Christian, S.: Harassment Ruling Raises Free Speech Issues. Los Angeles Times, D2, 11 November 1993Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Rotundo, M., Nguyen, D., Sackett, P.R.: A meta-analytic review of gender differences in perceptions of sexual harassment. J. App. Psych. 86, 914–922 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Malamut, A.B., Offermann, L.R.: Coping with sexual harassment: personal, environmental, and cognitive determinants. J. Appl. Psych. 86, 1162–1166 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Bass, B.M.: Bass & Stogdill’s Handbook of Leadership, 3rd edn. The Free Press, New York (1990)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Emerson, R.E.: Power-dependence relations. Am. Soc. Rev. 27, 31–41 (1962)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Mintzberg, H.: Power in and Around Organizations. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River (1983)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Willnesa, C.R., Steel, P., Lee, K.: A meta-analysis of the antecedents and consequences of workplace sexual harassment. Pers. Psych. 60, 127–162 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Whatley, M.A., Wasieleski, D.T.: The Incidence of Sexual Harassment in Academia: A Pilot Study. Department of Psychology, Valdosta State University (2001)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Norman, I.D., Aikins, M., Binka, F.N.: Sexual harassment in public medical schools in Ghana. Ghana Med. J. 47(3), 128–136 (2013)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Magley, V.J., Waldo, C.R., Drasgow, F.: The impact of sexual harassment on military personnel: is it the same for men and women? Mil. Psych. 11, 283–302 (1999)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    MJPOSPIS: Same-sex Sexual Harassment (2017). Accessed 20 Feb 2018
  13. 13.
    Dubois, C.L.Z., Knapp, D.E., Faley, R.H., Kustis, G.A.: An empirical examination of same- and other-gender sexual harassment in the workplace. Sex Roles 39(9/10), 731–749 (1998)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Fineran, S.: Sexual harassment between same-sex peers: intersection of mental health, homophobia, and sexual violence in schools. Soc. Work 47(1), 65–74 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    O’Sullivan, A., Sheffrin, S.M.: Economics: Principles in Action. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River (2003)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Darety-Baah, K.: The cultural approach to the management of the international human resource: an analysis of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. Int. J. Bus. Admin. 4(2), 39–45 (2013)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organisation and Human Resource ManagementUniversity of Ghana Business SchoolLegon, AccraGhana
  2. 2.Zoe LexfieldsCantonments, AccraGhana
  3. 3.Department of Human Resource Management, J.S. Addo Business SchoolMarshalls University CollegeKorle-Bu, AccraGhana
  4. 4.Faculty of LawUniversity of Professional Studies, AccraLegon, AccraGhana

Personalised recommendations