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Sexual harassment in business America

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CHAUNCEY M. HOLLIE NOVEMBER 21, 2003 BLAW 310, SECT 003 SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN BUSINESS AMERICA Sexual harassment is defined as a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Under federal law in the United States, sexual harassment is unwanted verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature that occurs in the workplace or in an educational setting. This unwanted conduct, which is based on sex or of a sexual nature, can make a person feel uncomfortable, afraid, or helpless. Sexual harassment can be targeted toward either gender, however, the majority of cases involve a female being the target victim. Studies show that 40 to 90% of all United States working women have or will experience some form of sexual harassment throughout their careers. In this paper, sexual harassment in the workplace will be discussed, along with the laws, the effects, and the employer responsibilities involved with sexual harassment. ...read more.


Furthermore, they were subject to repeated harassment upon their return to the workplace. In 1991, because of the need to strengthen the laws for sexual harassment under Title VII, Congress amended the Civil Rights Act. Sexual harassment victims can now recover compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering. Punitive damages can also be collected if the plaintiff can prove that the employer acted with malice. Federal law recognizes two grounds for sexual harassment claims under Title VII. The first is Quid Pro Quo, which is a form of harassment where a person of authority demands sexual favors of a subordinate, in order to get or keep a job. The second type of sexual harassment is a hostile work environment. In a hostile work environment, victims are not threatened with termination, rather, they suffer repeated abuse by a supervisor or co-worker who engages in inappropriate sexual behavior. Sexual harassment can have adverse effects on the victim's emotional and physical well being. ...read more.


The law says that employers have a duty to supply a healthy work environment free from sexual harassment. If harassment does occur, employers may be held liable. Employers should be well advised of EEOC's guidelines on sexual harassment. Under the Supreme Court, an employer will be held responsible if the employer knew or should have known of the conduct, unless, the employer can prove that it took corrective action. An employer can protect itself by implementing a strict sexual harassment policy, and by quickly intervening if sexual harassment still occurs. In conclusion, sexual harassment has absolutely no place in our workforce or our society. Employees have a right to be free of sexual harassment. Employers should enforce a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment, which in turn would allow employees to feel safe at work and focus more on the task at hand. Eliminating sexual harassment would increase productivity, reduce the turnover rate, and save a lot of time and money that would be spent in the legal system. ...read more.

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