Sexual Harassment

August 9, 1991 • Volume 1
Men and women in workplace power struggles
By Charles S. Clark

Introduction

In the decades since women swept into the American work force, sexual harassment has continued to make disturbing, if sometimes titillating, headlines. But the classic scenario of bosses blackmailing subordinates for sex has steadily broadened. Legally defined sexual harassment now includes lascivious comments, off-color jokes and “leering,” murky areas that raise debates over freedom of speech. With employers being held responsible for sexual harassment on the job, many companies have adopted guidelines and grievance procedures. Still, courts are crowded with sexual harassment cases. In fact, the debate in Congress over the 1991 civil rights bill has turned partly on the issue of whether victims ought to collect damages when they successfully sue.

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May 21, 2004  Worker Safety
May 02, 2003  Asbestos Litigation
Jul. 19, 1996  Crackdown on Sexual Harassment
Aug. 09, 1991  Sexual Harassment
Apr. 13, 1990  Reforming Workers' Compensation
Mar. 09, 1990  Asbestos: Are the Risks Acceptable?
Feb. 16, 1990  Repetitive Motion: New Job Ailment
Nov. 25, 1988  Fired for No Good Cause: Is It Legal?
Jun. 07, 1985  Safety and Health in the Workplace
Dec. 24, 1976  Job Health and Safety
Sep. 26, 1947  Mine Safety
Jan. 18, 1946  Fair Practice in Employment
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Civil Rights: Women
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Women in the Workplace