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Brittany Stedtler Business Law I Required Paper Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.” 1 Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. 2 ” Title VII only applies to private sector companies with 15 or more employees and “public sector employers at the federal, state and local level 3 ” but many state and local laws prevent sexual harassment at smaller companies. There are different types of sexual harassment, and the severity and consequences can differ drastically. The circumstances surrounding sexual harassment are often very different from case to case. Sexual harassment can involve both men and women, the harasser can be of either gender, and the victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be in a variety of different positions relative to the victim, such as the supervisor, any other co-worker, or even a non-employee. The victim does not even have to be personally harassed, but can be indirectly affected by the inappropriate behavior. Sexual harassment 1 "Sexual Harassment ." EEOC. 17 May 2007. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . 22 Sept. 2007 <http://www.eeoc.gov/types/sexual_harassment.html>. 2 Idem . 3 "Laws Impacting Workplace Flexibility ." Workplace Flexibility 2010. 2004. Georgetown University Law Center . 22 Sept. 2007 <http://www .law.georgetown.edu/workplaceflexibility2010/law/tvii.cfm>.
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does not need to involve economic injury or the discharging of the victim to be illegal conduct. One aspect that is similar in all illegal sexual harassment cases is that the harasser’s conduct has to be unwelcome 4 . Quid pro quo sexual harassment is one of the two legally recognized types of sexual harassment. This type of harassment occurs when an individual either submits to or rejects behavior of a sexual nature which then leads to employment decisions affecting that individual, or if that behavior is a term or condition of employment. If the victim can show a threat of economic loss to him or her then they can prove quid pro quo sexual
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