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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Alina Guzii
Corporate Ethics Management to Reduce Sexual Harassment in Government Organizations
HR Management in Public Sector
(Master’s programme)
2019
Dramatic changes in modern Russian public life over the last century are also reflected in the changing position of women, especially in working relations. Sexual harassment is mostly not regulated by Russian law. It is more managed today by moral standards. According to surveys, up to 40% of Russian women are subjected to sexual harassment, while the researchers point out that the concept of harassment among respondents is subjective.

In this research, the author examines various aspects of sexual harassment in the workplace. She considers what measures can limit the spread of harassment in organizations in general, and in the public sector as well. The object of the research is organizational ethics in state organizations. The subject is the management of behavioral norms to prevent gender-based persecution in government organizations.

The main purpose of this research is to develop a system of measures to maintain a safe working environment and minimize gender-oriented persecution in public sector organizations, based on a study of theoretical developments and practical empirical research.

In this paper, the following research question is posed: “In which directions should an employer (public sector organizations) act to improve the situation of gender-oriented persecution in the workplace?” This question covers two problematic contradictions between:

• the uncertainty of the concept of harassment and the increasing number of public statements about sexual harassment, including in public sector organizations;

• a complex of depressing social, ethical, and psychological conditions in which the affected party finds itself, and the lack of mechanisms in Russia to maintain a safe working environment, assistance to victims from public organizations and associations, and public sector organizations.

As part of our work, we highlight the following hypotheses:

• Victims who have been sexually harassed in the workplace would be willing to declare sexual harassment while ensuring their anonymity and no negative consequences for their future career.

• Sexual harassment in the workplace has a negative impact on the victim’s career.

The analysis is interesting both in theoretical study and practical application of its results. Due to the low elaboration of the topic of ethics management to reduce the number of cases of sexual harassment in state organizations, it allows to overcome a certain gap and give direction for further improvement of the situation. Consider further the above issues, focusing on ethics management to reduce harassment.

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