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Sexual Harassment: Overview

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Here's how the EEOC, which enforces the Civil Rights Act, defines sexual harassment: “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”

It’s becoming easier for workers to win sexual harassment lawsuits, thanks to the Supreme Court taking the matter seriously. Employers that don’t take decisive action to prevent sexual harassment are facing an increasingly impatient court system. The Supreme Court has repeatedly made clear that it meant what it said in 1998 when it decided a string of sexual harassment cases. Employers ar...(register to read more)

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Dee May 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Is it considered harrassement or offensive if your boss makes comments on the hot girl the other department just hired? like i hope she is the new employee and then standing in the hallway to see her accross to the other office, or just always craining his neck to see her when she walks down the hall?

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