last updated September 20, 2005
One of the challenges for unions in sexual harassment complaints is the conflict that arises when both the alleged victim and alleged harasser belong to the same union. Depending on the legislation a particular country is dealing with, there may be a legal duty of fair representation of each union member. However, Karg and Colatosti in Stopping Sexual Harassment: A handbook for Union and Workplace Activities suggest on p.34 that “[i]f the harassment is clear-cut or severe, or if the harasser is a repeat offender who refuses to reform, the union may decide not to arbitrate his grievance.”
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