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Sexual Harassment


            Is it all in the eye of the beholder, or should we take the word of the accused? .
             Giving sexual harassment a definition still sparks some considerable debate in .
             many people. Is it based on what a person might consider reasonable, or do .
             they set the standards based upon what makes a woman fell uncomfortable? .
             Sexual harassment has been around the work environment for decades and it .
             has increased over the years as women have left the typical role of house wives, .
             and now carry a briefcase, working a busy nine to five job. Some men perceived .
             this as a threat to their job safety, and have always treated women unequally in .
             the workplace. “The first sexual harassment cases heard by the courts, in the .
             1970’s involved only those in which the victim had lost tangible job benefits such .
             as pay, promotions, job assignments, or even the job itself…” (Webb 20). As .
             time progressed the amount of cases grew and judgements where now being .
             passed on the overall environment of an organization. The very culture of .
             organizations where changing, and it was becoming clear that any form of sexual .
             harassment was not going to be tolerated. The EEOC had set up severe .
             guidelines on discrimination due to rise in sexual harassment cases. Sexual .
             harassment was being viewed the same way as any other form of .
             discrimination; it is illegal and those found guilty should pay the .
             consequences.
             There are way to many issues to deal with and not enough time to delve into .
             every last topic revolving around sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a .
             topic so well known in the work environment, that it is rarely discussed due to its .
             vagueness and different opinions formed by each employee and their employer. .
             Rountree 2.
             In many companies the common reaction to sexual harassment is disbelief or .
             worse, and sometimes it can even lead to a person losing their job. A victim of .
             sexual harassment may feel an overwhelming sense of no control over one’s life, .


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