Sexual Harassment

Essay by lucinicUniversity, Bachelor's March 2008

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In the article “Psychological Injury Not Essential for Sexual Harassment Claim” the court tackled a case in 1993 in which Theresa Harris stated that her superior had harassed her sexually. One of the most common gender-related problems in the workplace is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, which can include sexual extortion, sexual favors, and unwanted sexual interactions. It also includes e-mailing, or circulating jokes containing sexual references or innuendo, or engaging in conversation with obvious sexual overtones. The use of company computers to view or forward pornographic material from the Internet is also deemed offensive, and therefore, not allowed in the workplace. Whether the individual is male or female, such behavior is illegal if sex is made as a condition of employment in a way that creates a threatening or unfriendly working environment.

Women have gone through many struggles over the centuries. They were viewed as second-class citizens, spat on, and seen as sex objects.

One could argue that women have had many more struggles to face than men. However, today women are taking control and moving up the ladder. They are tired of being an oppressed group. This breakout has resulted in many opportunities for women both as individuals and productive members of society. Women have entered the workforce with greater numbers, but many problems still exit. Women are still an oppressed group because they are treated as second-class citizens and viewed as sex objects.

A manager at Forklift Systems Inc, Teresa Harris, accused the company's president, Charles Hardy, of sexual harassment. Other female employees did not take offense to the comments and thought of them as jokes. When Harris complained, she was promised that the jokes would stop. “In early September, however, he asked Harris, in front of other employees, if she had promised sexual...