FACTORS AFFECTING IMPLEMENTATION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICIES IN HORTICULTURAL FARMS: A CASE STUDY OF EQUINOX HORTICULTURE LTD
NGUNJIRI WAGAKI, LOISE
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Sexual harassment of workers is a widespread and ongoing problem in many companies worldwide. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly. Despite some horticultural companies having a clear guideline on how to deal with incidences of sexual harassment the vice is still rampant. The biggest challenge in efforts to deal with sexual harassment is weak enforcement’. There exists an urgent need for robust policies yet there is good implementation strategies put in place. Therefore this research will focus on the factors affecting implementation of sexual harassment policies in horticultural farms; a case study of Equinox Horticulture. The study has the objectives of determining how training, management support, and financing affect implementation of sexual harassment policies in horticultural farms. The study is concerned with how these factors have influenced the implementation of sexual harassment policies over the last three years. The prohibition of sexual harassment in the workplace is closely linked with theories relating to the subordination of women to men that were first introduced in the United States in the 1970s. These theories include the bad apple theory and the feminist theory. The study has used a descriptive research design because it allows the researcher to give details of the findings by describing the findings of the study as they are found during the data collection. The target population is 490 employees who are drawn from the whole organization. The study will use a stratified random sampling method which is suitable because of heterogeneous nature of population. The data needed for the study will be collected through the use of a questionnaire which will include both structured and unstructured questions. The study will conduct a pilot study will use a pilot study to test the validity and reliability of the questionnaire. Data from the questionnaires will be compiled, sorted, edited, classified and analyzed manually. The processed information will be summarized using tables, percentages and frequencies which are useful in providing a logical explanation and making the processed information more understandable. Voluntary consent to participate in the research will be obtained prior to coming up with the sample population will be obtained from the respondents.