Crackdown on Sexual Harassment

July 19, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 27
Is the nation overreacting to the problem?
By Sarah Glazer

Introduction

The nation's sensitivity to sexual harassment has changed profoundly since October 1991, when Anita Hill's harassment charges against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas riveted Americans to their TV sets. Sexual harassment claims filed with the federal government have increased dramatically, as have damages paid to successful plaintiffs. Some critics sympathetic to business say the nation has overreacted. They attack several recent multimillion-dollar jury awards as excessive punishments for what they claim is nothing more than crude sexual joking at work. Women's-rights activists respond that sexual harassment is often emotionally devastating, and that only a tiny proportion of the women who have been harassed ever file formal complaints, though harassment is a widespread problem in the workplace.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Workforce Protections
Jul. 19, 2013  Telecommuting
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
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Civil Rights: Women
Women in the Workplace