Sexual Harassment

The allegations filed by Professor Anita Hill against
Clarence Thomas and the proceeding Senate Judiciary Hearing thrust the issue of
into the political arena, the workplace, and every day life.

Sexual harassment is a very broad term and can be interpreted in a
variety of ways. The National Organization of Women (NOW) defines sexual
harassment as "any repeated or unwarranted verbal or physical advance, sexually
explicit derogatory statement, or sexually discriminating acts made by someone
in the workplace which is offensive or objectionable to the recipient or which
interferes with the recipients job performance." (Redress for Success, page 74)
Before 1972, there was no ...

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for sex

-Unnecessary patting or pinching

-Constant brushing against another employee's body

-Demands for sex accompanied by threats of termination

-Demands for sex in return for preferential treatment

qualified as components of sexual harassment.(Redress for Success, page 75)
Soon after that women began to realize that they could be sexually harassed by
anybody, such as by employers, supervisors, co-workers, customers, or even by
subordinate employees.(Redress for Success, page 74) With this new
understanding that they deserved equal treatment as their male counterparts,
women began to hold men responsible for their actions and use the laws to their
advantage. The sexual harassment allegations made by Anita Hill in 1991 were
not the first and were by far not the most controversial. May cases and
hearings prior to the Clarence Thomas Hearing set the stage for the out break of
hysteria in 1991.

Landmark Cases

Back as far as 1975, women ...

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definitions, in the case Corne v. Bausch and Lomb, Inc. in 1975
the Supreme Court ruled that if a supervisor sexually harasses a subordinate
employee, causing that individual to quit her job, that does not constitute
sexual discrimination; he was merely satisfying a personal urge. Along the
same line, the case Halpert v. Wetheim stated that the use of coarse language
that was not directed at the plaintiff did not constitute sexual harassment.
This ruling was reinforced in the Neeley v. American Fidelity Assurance Co,
which specified that a supervisors conduct (telling dirty jokes, putting his
hands on the employees shoulders) is an action of personal standing, not sexual
In ...

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