Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Essay

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very serious problem that needs to be dealt with effectively. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is defined as a form of sex discrimination, which is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, especially when submission to this conduct is made a term or condition of one's employment (www.business.strose.edu). However, sexual harassment is not limited to sexual advances. It also includes the creation of a intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment based on one's sex. Although men also face harassment,
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International Paper Co., the harassment began when a co-worker broadcast over the company's public address system obscenities about he female victim, who then received over thirty pornographic notes in her locker. The men covered the walls of the facility and the elevator with pornographic pictures and crude remarks concerning the victim. In addition, one of the victim's supervisors told her that she should have sex with a certain co-worker; he also physically accosted her. Another employee told the victim "he would cut off her left breast and shove it down her throat." On another occasion, this same employee held the victim "over a stairwell, more than thirty feet from the floor." Other male employees also physical grabbed and pinched the victim. The court found this conduct stated a claim of hostile environment discrimination under Title Vii, because employees touched her in a sexual manner, directed sexual comments toward, her and continued to write sexual graffiti throughout the workplace." (www.business.strose.edu) Even though these examples involved blue collar workers, the problem of sexual harassment is everywhere. It

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