Essay about Sexual Harassment At The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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Introduction Hostile work environment occurs when unwelcome conduct unreasonably interferes with an employee 's work performance or creates an intimidating work environment regardless of whether the conduct is directly tied to a job benefit or detriment. In order to establish a prima facie case of a hostile work environment, an employee must show one of many reasons like He belongs to a protected group or that he/she was subject to unwelcome harassment, also if the harassment was sufficiently pervasive to affect a term, condition, or privilege of employment; lastly if the employer knew or should have known about the harassment but failed to take prompt, corrective action. While hostile work environment cases are most often based on allegations of sexual harassment, similar principles are applicable for analyzing discrimination based on race, national origin, or religion.
The Courts Ruling
In the federal context, sexual harassment is considered to be a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Accordingly to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual 's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual 's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment."…

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