Sexual Harassment Essay

782 Words Oct 24th, 1999 4 Pages
Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very big problem today. It is a problem that hasn't really drawn much attention until now. More and more sexual harassment cases have been brought up today than ever before. We here about a harassment case in the papers almost everyday. Sexual harassment has even drawn attention to movies. One movie that has drawn its most recent attention to sexual harassment is Disclosure.

In the movie Disclosure, sexual harassment draws its attention to the workplace. The workplace is a very common area for harassment to occur. In some cases we might not know that it is even taking place. What is sexual harassment? The dictionary definition of sexual is relating to, having or
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She also brings in the issue of Michael losing his job if he doesn't cooperate. After a tremendous amount of arguments and negotiations the case is won by Michael. Unfortunately not all cases are won but winning numbers are on the rise. Sexual harassment cases are becoming a lot more popular now than ever before. In A Step Forward by Susan L. Webb sexual harassment is explained in depth. In earlier court cases such as Miller v. Bank of America the court interpreted sexual harassment based on sex as a personnel matter between the two individuals not as actions directed at or effecting groups of people. It wasn't until 1976 in the case William's v. Saxby were sexual harassment established a cause for action.

In 1982 two federal courts of appeal adopted a classification scheme for sexual harassment. One classification was Quid pro quo which means this for that. Quid pro quo is defined as all situations in which submission to sexually harassing conduct is made a term or condition of employment or in which submission to or rejection of sexually harassing conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual who is the target of such conduct.

The movie Disclosure follows the basis of Quid pro qou. Michael's job was at stake for not participating in sexual relations with his boss. Today he and many others are faced with a similar case scenario.

The problem of sexual harassment has continued to get a lot of

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