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Sexual harassment has turned the workplace into a hazardous place to be It is becoming a place where an innocent remark can threaten a perfectly good career Its not like the old days when a kiss was just a kiss a wink just a wink or a joke just a joke No longer will these innocent gestures be acceptable in the workplace unless you want to risk winding up before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on a charge of violating Title Seven of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which banned discrimination in hiring on the basis of race sex creed religion or country of origin Following the Clarance Thomas and Bob Packwood cases sexual harassment cases have multiplied enormously In 1990 the EEOC handled 6127 complaints by 1993 the annual total had almost doubled to 11908 Sexual harassment laws must be cleared up because peoples lives are being changed in negative ways What is sexual harassment There are really two definitions the common sensebehavioral definition or the guidelines set by the EEOC and the courts The common-sense or behavioral definition of sexual harassment is a deliberate andor repeated sexual or sex-based behavior that is not welcome not asked for and not returned The EEOC guidelines state that unwanted sexual advances requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature become illegal when connected to a managers or supervisors decision regarding hiring firing pay promotion job assignment or other aspect of employment or when such behavior interferes with an employees ability to perform work or creates a hostile offensive work environment Sexual Harassment Meyer M 1981 In many cases sexual harassment is clearly evident Take for example the case against Hooters Restaurants Women that work there were required to wear a tight fitting Tshirt that had HOOTERS written across the chest area Newsweek 1993 Another case of sexual harassment was the case where the womans male boss said
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