Title: Generation Z workers and sexual harassment

Authors: Susan M. Stewart; H. Kristl Davison

Addresses: School of Management and Marketing, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265, USA ' Department of Management, Appalachian State University, 416 Howard Street, Boone, NC 28608, USA

Abstract: The focus of workplace policies and training workshops on the topic of sexual harassment has often been directed toward adult workers. However, the youngest members of the workforce, that is, members of Generation Z are increasingly finding themselves as victims of this behaviour. The purpose of this article is to: 1) discuss the rights and responsibilities of Generation Z workers regarding sexual harassment; 2) share legal issues including recent court cases involving Generation Z workers; 3) suggest ideas for future research and organisational actions to address this phenomenon.

Keywords: sexual harassment; Generation Z; teenage workers; human resources; human resource development; HRD; human resource management; HRM; management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2021.120302

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2021 Vol.21 No.4, pp.243 - 251

Accepted: 14 Jul 2020
Published online: 14 Jan 2022 *

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