¶ … sexual harassment, and discuss aspects like defenses, judge ruling basis, cause of action, and employee's and employer's civil liability. Both discrimination and employee laws will be applied here.
Sexual Harassment Background Information
The issue of sexual harassment at workplaces poses an ethical problem, with around 50% of all women employees experiencing it during some point of time at their workplace; the effects of sexual harassment on people are always negative, and harmful (Bimrose, 2004). Thus, career guidance has a significant role to play in preparing and supporting working women, who may have already faced, or are currently, facing sexual harassment at work. Recent studies on workplace-related gender inequalities have recommended combating of stereotyping by urging women to take up non-traditional vocational training, education, and jobs.
Though the above solution is pertinent, the problem of workplace sexual harassment is not accorded due recognition. There are several reasons for this; the foremost reason is socio-cultural limitations that restrict any discussions regarding sex in many communities (Noah, 2008). Another is most victims' refusal to discuss or divulge details of their experience. Additionally, most victims refrain from reporting their experiences to protect themselves from further discrimination.
Sexual Harassment Issues Presented
In the given case, the following factors have to be taken into account (Mallor,...
Was sexual behavior unsolicited?
1. Does the reaction of the accuser match up to "reasonable person" standards?
1. Is the work environment "hostile"?
1. Is the allegation credible?
1. Are there any grounds for employer liability in the case?
1. Is corroborative evidence presented in support of the allegation?
Action Cause/Defense/Judge Ruling
Mr. Silverstein, the complainant, claims that Meredith Shaw, the defendant in the case, played a joke of a sexual nature on him, with a sexual dancer's image showing up on his desktop screen, causing him to lose an important promotion. He claims that actions of a similar nature have been carried out by her following this incident, making him uncomfortable. He believes he needs to be compensated. Shaw claims the complainant was friends with her, but the lawsuit makes her wish otherwise. She argues that everybody at their workplace indulge in sexual jokes or pranks with each other, and claims that her joke wasn't inappropriate. She asserts that the complainant used to joke back, and can't understand what made him sue her (Mallor, et.al). The ultimate ruling was that the case proves no sort of sexual harassment. Shaw admits that the complainant's discomfort is understandable, but no certain proof exists that her actions led to the complainant not getting promoted.
Two main sexual harassment categories, prohibited under Title VII, could be applicable in this case (Mallor, et.al):
Quid pro quo: when a job aspect is contingent on sexual activity of employee
Hostile work environment: widespread sexual innuendo and talks in the workplace, creating a hostile environment for employees.
The second category is applicable in this case.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, forbids discrimination in hiring, compensating, terminating, and employment privileges, terms, or conditions based on race, national origin, sex, color, or religion. Title VII is applicable to employers having a…
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