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POWER AND POLITICS Fran Gibson was placed in an awkward position when Jennifer Chung a financial analyst in Ken Hamiltons Department came into her office at 645 am to complain about Kens off-color comments made her when they were alone within a month after Jennifer joined Thompson According to Jennifer the situation worsen Jennifer told Fran that Ken would leer her put his arm over her shoulder when they were reviewing reports patted her rear Jennifer stated that every time one of these occurrences happened she would ask him to stop it and not to do it again However according to Jennifer it fell on deaf ears Fran had to decide how to respond to Jennifers complaint since sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 The EEOCs guidelines define two types of sexual harassment quid pro quo and hostile environment Being the highest ranking woman at Thompson Fran understood that unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute quid pro quo sexual harassment when 1 submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individuals employment or 2 submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual Fran also understood that unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute hostile environment sexual harassment when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individuals work performance or creating an intimidating hostile or offensive working environment According to the EEOC the central inquiry is whether the conduct unreasonably interfered with an individuals work performance or created an intimidating hostile or offensive working environment According to Chandra Calhoun Director of
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