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Sexual harassment is one of the biggestproblems facing our schools and businesses today. A week rarely goes by withouta reminder of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment as a social problem. Thedefinition of sexual harassment is any unwanted or ina...

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Sexual harassment is one of the biggest problems facing our schools and businesses today. A week rarely goes by without a reminder of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment as a social problem. The definition of sexual harassment is any unwanted or inappropriate sexual attention. That includes touching, looks, comments, or gestures. A key part of sexual harassment is that it is one sided and unwanted. There is a great difference between sexual harassment and romance or friendship, since those are mutual feelings of two people. This essay will discuss the laws of sexual harassment, further, arguments for and against sexual harassment legislation will be raised and evaluated. As such, a conclusion will be established as to whether current legislation is adequate or inadequate, and if so what improvements can be made. ...read more.


The second element is acknowledged as with intent. This element states that the person who commits the harassment must intend to humiliate, offend or intimidate the complainant and/or the harassment must be of a kind that a reasonable person must think that the complainant might be humiliated, offended or intimidated by it. Furthermore, sexual harassment doesn't have to be repeated or ongoing to be against the law. Some actions or remarks are so offensive that they're clearly sexual harassment, even if they're not repeated. Other incidents, such as an unwanted invitation or compliment, are probably not harassment if they are 'one-offs'. These laws were written in response to a number of cases where employees, particularly female employees, were made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace by harassment of a sexual nature. ...read more.


This may be a result of defining unlawful harassment generally, rather than narrowly, an as such many situations may be seen as or closely related to sexual harassment. Nonetheless, this predicament has been rectified by means of the second element, with intent. This element counteracts any exaggerations and dramatizations made by the complainant. Therefore, sexual harassment legislation essentially prevails in any given situation, thus being easily interpreted by the courts. In conclusion, the law regarding sexual harassment is sufficient and requires no amendments. It covers each and all situations of unwanted remarks with sexual implications and forced sexual contact. In addition, it neutralises any embellishments made by the complainant, thus cannot be manipulated by someone vengeful and exaggeratory. Consequently, legislators have been clear and precise in the consideration of sexual harassment laws and what is required, and as a result current legislation needs no further changes. ...read more.

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