Sexual Harassment


Just 20 years ago, in most states a woman could not sign an apartment
lease, get a credit rating, or apply for a loan unless her husband or a male
relative agreed to share the responsibility. Similarly, a 1965 study found that
fifty one percent of men though women were "temperamentally unfit for
management." There can be no doubt that we have progressed a long way from
these ideas in the last three decades. However, it is also unquestionable that
women in the work force are still discriminated against, sexually harassed, paid
less than men, and suffer from occupational sex segregation and fears of failure
as well as fears of success. We will address all of these concerns in ...

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case, after a nine year
battle, in late January 1988. She was given what may be the largest sex-bias
award in history: up to two hundreds of millions for 1,113 other female State
Farm employees with similar complaints, and $433,000 for Kraszewski her-self.

Ann Hopkings was one of Price Waterhouse's top young executives. She
had the best record for getting and maintaining big accounts, but when she came
up for a partnership in 1982, she was denied because several male partners had
evaluated her as "too macho." They advised her to walk, talk, and dress more
femininely. In response, Hopkings quit the firm and filed suit under Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which forbids employers to discriminate on the
basis of a person's sex.

In May 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Price Waterhouse had
based its decision on unlawful sex stereotyping. The decision shifted the legal
burden of proof to the employer, which should make it easier for employees to
win future ...

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that employers did not have to have an affirmative
action plan, nor were they precluded from hiring the most qualified candidate
for a given position.

Closely linked to sex discrimination in the job market, are sex
segregation of occupations and wage inequalities. A recent article in the
"Monthly Labor Review" noted that, "sex segregation continues to characterize
the american workplace, despite the changes that have occurred in some
occupations. Millions of women continue to work in a small number of almost
totally female clerical and service occupations, and men continue to make up the
majority of workers in the majority of occupations."
The National Academy of Science published a ...

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