Gawley Case

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The first issue I noticed surrounding this case was the fact that Gawley was the individual initiating a complaint after complaint. Normally, issues of sexual harassment are taken quite serious once a formal complaint is made. In this case, however, it appears that Gawley was initially told that nothing could be done. And while some formal paperwork was completed, the incidents were not seriously investigated. In other words, the university wasn’t breaking any rules since they were technically filing paperwork and following the minimum requirements for a sexual harassment case. On the other hand, it does not seem like the university were taking Gawley’s allegations seriously. As a result, Gawley sued the university for sexual harassment, hostile…show more content…
It should also state its commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of all employees and students. Secondly, it should be clear that the university will not tolerate any form of sexual discrimination and is a violation of Federal and state law (Kaplin and Lee, 2014). Furthermore, it should be made clear that sexual harassment will be defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature etc. Additionally, if any of the above examples are to occur, damaging and interfering with an individual work or academic performance or creating a hostile working or academic…show more content…
Immediate and appropriate corrective action will be taken when cases of sexual harassment occur. If the evidence proves that that sexual harassment did occur, the individual will be dismissed from the university (student or employee).

However, before this will happen, a supervisor must first consult with the Office of Labor Relations immediately following a sexual harassment complaint. Furthermore, during an investigation, it will be considered a violation of University policy to retaliate in any way against students or employees because they have raised allegations of sexual harassment (Kaplin and Lee, 2014)

Since a charge of sexual harassment may have serious consequences, the complainant is responsible for bringing the charge in accordance with the University's policy. The individual against whom the complaint is against will also be expected to not retaliate against the complainant(s) both verbally and physically on and off campus. That being said, a complainant whose allegations are found to be both false and brought with malicious intent will be subject to disciplinary
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