Sexual Harassment in Organizations

Location: Library & Learning Center Ceremonial Hall 1 Starting on 15 May 2024 at 18:00 WU matters. WU talks.
Type Discussion
Organizer WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Marketing & Communications

An overview of the situation in the EU and Austria

This event is organized by the WU Department of Management

Sexual harassment represents a prevalent and persistent issue that poses significant challenges to workplace environments, individual well-being, equality, and overall organizational performance. In light of this concern, the objective of the panel discussion is to investigate employees’ and organizations’ experiences and responses pertaining to sexual harassment within both the European Union (EU) context as well as Austria.

The panel will include experts from academia, research institutions, and pertinent agencies who possess extensive knowledge in studying or addressing various aspects related to sexual harassment within organizational settings. Through their diverse perspectives, the participants will present insights derived from empirical research findings alongside practical experiences.

The discussion will include an exploration of legal frameworks governing sexual harassment policies across EU member states. Moreover, attention will be directed towards examining the extent of the issue, and towards the challenges encountered by organizations when handling incidents of sexual harassment. Strategies employed by organizations for prevention purposes, available support systems for survivors/victims, and the potential consequences for perpetrators involved in these forms of organizational misconduct will also be discussed.

Ultimately, this panel discussion aims to provide valuable insights into enhancing organizational responses concerning prevention efforts and effective management strategies relating to sexual harassment. It further seeks to promote inclusive work environments that foster professional growth regardless of one’s gender identity or expression.


Ana Belén Amil, Gender Equality and Diversity Officer, Central European University and UniSAFE

Cornelia Amon-Konrath, Deputy Head of the Ombud for Equal Treatment, Head of Consulting Standards and Strategies, attorney-at-law

Helena Hierzer, WU Alumna

Sophie Rendl, expert on violence prevention, antidiscrimination, and #MeToo in the arts, Frauendomäne

Esther Reiserer, journalist specializing in management and career topics, Die Presse

Moderated by:

Marie-Therese Claes, Full Professor, Head of the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, WU Vienna

Andrea Romo Pérez, Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, WU Vienna

This event is an in-person event and will take place on campus. There will be no livestream.

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