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Male-dominated culture at work? Beware harassment

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HarassmentEmployers beware! Federal courts don’t care why a workplace is sexually hostile and filled with offensive materials. Judges don’t buy that having a male-dominated factory floor, construction site or office is an excuse for sexually explicit posters and abhorrent co-worker behavior.

While “locker room” talk may have been in the news lately, that doesn’t mean we’re returning to a time when women simply had to put up with crude comments and the like. At least that’s what one federal judge recently concluded.

Recent case: Judith began working for SPS Industries in 1989 as a machine operator.

About 90% of the company’s employees are men. Judith complained about the work environment, telling supervisors that she had seen explicit pornographic magazines, sex toys and sexually explicit signs.

Judith also said male co-workers regularly disparaged her, telling her she didn’t know what she was talking about because she is a woman.

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