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INDIANA UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF PUBLIC & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS It is well known that people in the past were not considered equals. In 1940 Franklin Roosevelt prohibited discrimination. Still, there was need for equal employment opportunity, so in 1964 Civil Rights act was signed, which includes sexual harassment. For a long time women were afraid to report incidents of sexual harassment, and sometimes even today that’s the case. Examining Keenan’s case, we do realize that any woman could be at her place, not knowing what is considered sexual harassment and what’s not. According to EEOC, sexual harassment could either be physical or verbal. More specifically about Keenan’s case, gender based harassment can also be against the law, even if the conduct is not sexual in nature or not motivated by sexual desire. The conduct can still be considered unlawful harassment if it singles one person because of the gender. Lots of cases seem harmless and unimportant at the beginning, but the truth is that if the supervisor or the employer neglect them, they might develop to significant cases. In my opinion, some of the cases can be prevented, following the right procedure. No matter how serious or simple the case seems, it should be seriously considered and it should be investigated, both because of moral values and because of the sense of responsibility. Since the incident was
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