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. â€œThe first sexual harassment cases heard by the courts, in the
1970â€™s involved only those in which the victim had lost tangible job benefits such
as pay, promotions, job assignments, or even the job itselfâ€¦â€ (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
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.
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