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Sexual harassment is an increasingly predominant factor in todays workforce Many women working in the retail service sector and other industries are dealing with this issue on a daily basis According to Statistics Canadas survey regarding Violence Against Women recent findings conclude that nearly one out of seven women are harassed by a client or customer Hughes and Tadic Sexual Harassment has been defined as being any unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individuals employment unreasonably interferes with an individuals work performance or creates an intimidating and offensive work environment It is evident from the articles by Hughes and Tadic Clark and McDermott that gender and sexuality play enormous roles in the division of labor especially in retail and treeplanting This paper will compare and contrast these three articles in order to prove that gender and sexuality play major roles in defining cultural norms and how harassment is a common dilemma that women must face in todays work environment Sexual Harassment is an increasing problem for many women working in the retail service sector in Canada This is apparent in such studies as the one conducted by Hughes and Tadic titled Sexual Harassment in the Service Economy Exploring Womens Retail Work in Canada According to this study the harassment of women by their customers is an under exposed issue This study focuses on retail service work ranging from sales food and clothing stores It is evident from this study that women make up more than half of all sales workers in Canada which is a 39 percent increase since 1982 According to these authors retail service work is quite precarious which makes the workers in this sector quite vulnerable As these jobs are poorly paying lacking benefits and rarely unionized Hughes and Tadic According to Statistics
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