Sexual Harassment Essay

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Sexual harassment is so ordinary in the workforce that frequently we fail to even recognize harassing behavior as immoral. This is because so many of us--women and men alike--have become desensitized to offensive behaviors. Sexual harassment in any form is unacceptable behavior and should not be tolerated by anyone. It undermines our ability to study, to work, and to feel like effective, empowered people in the world. The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission describes sexual harassment as a form of gender discrimination that is in violation of the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Undesirable sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and further verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment,…show more content…
In addition to, The Society for Human Resource Management has reported that 62% of companies offer sexual harassment prevention training programs, and 97% have a written sexual harassment policy (Sexual Harassment in the Workplace). Over the last decade the number of grievance filed with EEOC has gradually decreased. For example, in 1997 approximately 16,000 complaints of sexual harassment were filed. Last year, the number of complaints dropped to 11,717 which 16.4% of charges were filed by men (Sexual Harassment Charges). The common of complaints reported to the EEOC came from women; conversely the quantity of complaints filed by men is ever-increasing, along with increasing numbers of men filing against female supervisors. In 2007, 16% of complaints filed with the EEOC were filed by men (Sexual Harassment Charges). Men are increasingly claiming they’re victims of sexual harassment and sexual harassment of men does occur. The first ever court case involving sexual harassment of a man in the workplace was in 1995. The EEOC sued Domino Pizza after a female supervisor of a male store manager sexually harassed him and then fired him (Tahmincioglu, 2007). In 1998 a ruling by the Supreme Court involving a Louisiana man, who claimed he was sexually harassed by his male manager while working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, made it clear that men are protected from such harassment at work under Title VII of the Civil Rights

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