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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN WORK AND EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS DO Presented to xxxxxxx Business 8 Instructor American River College By xxxx Business Student May 1 2000 Scope of the Report This report explores societys problem in thoroughly understanding what constitutes sexual harassment It includes the common legal definitions of sexual harassment Some relevant civil cases will be examined to clarify increasing employer liability and monetary damages Expert opinions are used to explain the social and psychological impacts of the problem Although sexual harassment affects both men and women in education and work environments this report will focus primarily on sexual harassment against women since it constitutes about 90 percent of reported cases Same-sex harassment and harassment against men will not be explored In addition this report will concentrate primarily on the employer Sources and Methods Magazine articles were reviewed to offer analysis Several topical books were used to explore the psychological impact of harassment in the workplace The Internet was used to find anecdotal information and to review some recent legal cases Finally a videotaped interview was used to help illustrate the problem SEXUAL HARASSMENT Background Two social occurrences have helped bring sexual harassment to the forefront of the publics attention First between 1959 and 1991 the number of women in the workforce increased from 22 million to 57 million The second influence was this centurys movement toward equal rights for women Prior to the mid 1970s even the courts considered allegations of sexual harassment a private matter very similar to the early US response to racial discrimination It wasnt until women began to work in greater numbers and gained legal protection under civil rights laws that the courts began to recognize sexual harassment as discrimination With the ensuing confusion regarding what constitutes legal
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