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Sexual Harassment Who is the Victim There has been a recent rash of sexual harassment allegations in todays business America According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1990 to 1995 the number of sexual harassment cases reported increased by one hundred and fifty-three percent Peterson 39 These allegations end up very complicated and drawn out because of the lack of sexual harassment laws which specifically address it In this time where the laws rarely protect the employers they have become subject to endless accusations Sexual harassment has become very expensive for businesses and employers This is not healthy for an economy that stretches across the globe Who is the victim Is it employers or employees It is no longer the employees that are able to carry that title alone Businesses are becoming financial victims in business America In 1991 the Navy Tailhook convention in Las Vegas revealed long-standing harassment of women naval officers Also in 1991 the confirmation hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas to become associate justice on the Supreme Court raised suspicions of sexual harassment when the EEOC or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission employed him Senator Bob Packwood was forced to resign due to claims of having engaged in sexual harassment President Clinton faced an accusation by Paula Jones while he was governor of Arkansas The Defense Department has received negative notoriety about possible widespread sexual harassment Greenlaw 123 In all these ordeals a question is raised When are the employers responsible when sexual harassment is performed by supervisors and management Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that an employer has agents Greenlaw 123 This means that a whole business is liable due to the actions of one supervisor There is a recent case of thi s in the US Army The highest-ranking female officer in the US Army has filed a sexual harassment complaint She was the first and only female three-star general in the Army This
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