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The Dignity of the Worker: Sexual Harassment

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The issue of sexual harassment at work became a public concern originally in North America, which led to administrative regulations and judicial recognition that sexual harassment is part of sex discrimination and thus condemned under relevant anti-discrimination acts or regulations. This chapter first considers the position of International Labour Organization (ILO) and then measures taken by the European Union (EU). Under Article 2 of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which entered into force on 1 May 1999, equal treatment between men and women became an explicit objective of the Community. At the international level, the role of the ILO and the EU is, as in other labour issues, to set minimum standards, offer guidance and procedures, and prod governments into action. Monitoring of governments' action in the ILO system is done by requiring both periodic reports on the implementation of a Convention and a review by an intergovernmental committee.

Keywords: European Union (EU); intergovernmental committee; international labour organization (ILO); sexual harassment

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