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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

GREECE
SEXOUALIKÓS EKVIASMÓS STO KHÓRO ERGASÍAS
σεξουαλικόζ εκβιασμόζ στο χωρο εργασίαζ
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Term used to refer to all forms of unwanted sexual advances or annoyance suffered by employees in the workplace which are not due to chance upsets in personal relations between individuals but derive from the weaker economic position and consequent dependence of the employees subjected to such advances and annoyance. The victims are usually female employees. Forms of sexual harassment in the workplace may range from mild everyday annoyances such as embarrassment by teasing and insinuations, unwelcome touching and lewd glances, to demands for sexual favours or even physical assault and rape. Sexual harassment constitutes a form of blackmail when submission to such advances is directly or indirectly declared to be a condition of the individual employment relationship and their rejection would have disadvantageous consequences for the employment relationship of the individual rejecting them: for renewal of the contract, promotion, or even the very existence of the employment relationship. Sexual harassment is a prevalent topic in Greece as elsewhere, given the awareness generated in recent years by the emphasis placed on the problem in the relevant statements by the European Parliament and the activities of women's and feminist organizations. There are no special protective regulations in Greece, nor any trade union recommendations of the kind found in the U.K., and there have been no instances of recourse to the courts. A general protective framework is, of course, provided by those Articles in the Constitution which deal with respect for and protection of the worth of all persons and with equality, by the legislation on equal treatment in employment and, lastly, by certain provisions of the Penal Code (see discrimination , personal rights ).



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