Sexual boundaries in dental practice: Part 2.

G. T. Chiodo, S. W. Tolle, C. Critchlow

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is harmful to employees and disruptive. While the ethical obligations arising from the doctor-patient relationship do not address a dentist's ethical obligations toward his or her employees, the more general ethical obligations to the profession and those of business ethics would mediate against the creating or tolerance of sexual harassment in the workplace. The legal implications of participating in sexual harassment or allowing it to persist in the dental office are significant and dentists should be aware that employees enjoy legal protections against this inappropriate and potentially unlawful behavior. While any gender in any position may be the victim of sexual harassment, women who occupy subordinate positions are the most likely targets of these overtures. Dentist-employers are wise to be proactive in providing an appropriate protocol for employees to use when they perceive sexual harassment in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-557
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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