What is the basic concept of harassment

EU directive against sexual harassment in the workplace

Gender politics

More responsibility and more effort for companies

In the future, companies will have an obligation to present their employees with an "equality plan". In addition, if employers want to avoid claims for compensation for sexual harassment, they will have to prove that they have taken all precautionary measures in their company Wednesday evening in Brussels was finally launched. After the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in the Conciliation Committee, the new regulations can come into force in 2005. They extend the effect of the Equal Treatment Directive of 1976, particularly in the area of ​​harassment by bosses and colleagues. According to a study by the EU Commission, 40 to 50 percent of women and ten percent of men fall victim to such attacks in the course of their working lives. In such cases, upper limits for compensation may no longer be given in the future. The new rule on the burden of proof also makes it easier for victims to enforce their claims. At the same time, companies are given greater responsibility for preventing sexual harassment in the company if they do not want to pay in the event of a dispute.Equality plans In this way, companies are also indirectly induced to work out the "equality plans" that they will have to present to their employees in the future. One of the decisive factors in the future will be the common definition of the term "sexual harassment". This includes any form of "undesirable verbal, non-verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature with the intention or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular by creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or hostile environment". As a result of the directive, Austria will also have to change its legal definition. The basic concept of the new EU standard has already been implemented there through the Equal Treatment Act of 1998. In this, too, "an intimidating, hostile or humiliating work environment" plays a decisive role in legal terms. Austria is also less affected than other countries by the obligation to introduce paternity leave. DER STANDARD, print edition from April 19, 2002

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