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Sexual harassment is not about sex it is aboutpower -Gretchen MorgensonAn unwanted sexual advance an offensive touchand suggestive comments illustrate examples of sexualharassment Sexual harassment is defined by StephanieRiger as unwanted sexually oriented behavior in a workcontext However sexual harassment does not onlyappear in an occupational environment and this form ofharassment is not limited to a specific race a specificgender or any certain lifestyle Today throughout theUnited States men and women are filing sexualharassment lawsuits as if sexual harassment were nogreat matter A line needs to be drawn to distinguishwhat is and is not sexual harassment but since sexualharassment is so subjective a simple line becomesharder to draw Some people want punishment for hostileenvironment harassment but what constitutes a hostileenvironment According to Morgenson a hostileenvironment includes hazing joking and sexuallysuggestive talk between men and women who work alongsidethem Lately it seems that Americans are making sexualharassment an excuse People are crying sexualharassment like the little boy who cried wolfSexual harassment has become such an issue dueto the large number of cases presented When AnitaHill law professor at the University of Oklahomabrought allegations of sexual Zaccarello 2harassment against Supreme Court Justice ClarenceThomas the whole world started listening This casewas the most celebrated sexual harassment case of ourtime according to Martha Chamallas and Hillsrevelations prompted women to tell about their ownencounters with sexually harassing behavior-both inprivate and in public This case gave women a reasonto report sexual harassment and sexual harassment wouldno longer be overlooked Women would no longer have toflatter their bosses as Erica Jong had toConsequently since Anita Hill came out andvoiced her opinion it seems that the issue of sexualharassment has become a security blanket for men andwomen and filing lawsuits of sexual harassment havecreated a new money making scheme In 1996 my place ofemployment received two allegations of sexualharassment In the case I testified in court that Inever saw any event of sexual harassment that the ladyin question described The jury threw out
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