Essay on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS DISCRIMINATION . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .1

Laws That Govern Sexual Harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

How It Affects The Workplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

TYPES OF SEX DISCRIMINATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Basic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Quid Pro Quo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Hostile Work Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

THE HIGH COST OF LITIGATION FOR EMPLOYERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

TYPES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..8
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Besides the more familiar forms of discrimination like race and gender (believe it or not, there's even a pregnancy issue which falls under gender discrimination), there is discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age (over 40 years old), disability or handicap, and sexual harassment. A paper can clearly be written on each of the above-mentioned forms of discrimination, but for the purposes of this paper, I will focus on sex discrimination.

II. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS SEX DISCRIMINATION

"Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," and "[s]exual harassment . . . has been held to be a form of unlawful sex discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975."

Since Anita Hill brought her case of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and, let?s not forget, the treatment of Navy women officers by male pilots in the Tailhook scandal; sexual harassment has become a real issue affecting a lot of women (and men) in the workplace, although "women are the typical victims." In fact, complaints of sexual harassment doubled from 1990 where 317 complaints were received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to 735 complaints in 1995.

One must understand that sexual harassment discrimination is not about sex, but about power! Specifically about the abuse and misuse of that power by a supervisors or fellow employee. It does not matter if the supervisor or

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