ERIC Number: ED193982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Harassment in Employment: Legal Perspectives for University Administrators.
Tillar, Darrel Long
Legal issues concerning sexual harassment on the job are considered to aid administrators of colleges and universities. The concept of sexual harassment is examined from a historical perspective, and the development of legal thought and solutions for harassment in employment settings is delineated. The nature and extent of harassment have been indicated by surveys conducted by women's magazines and organizations. Results suggest that harassment is pervasive and serious. It is claimed that each possible response to sexual harassment taken by a woman--acquiescing, declining but remaining silent, complaining through internal procedures, complaining through external agencies, pursuing other legal remedies, and claiming unemployment compensation benefits--has negative consequences and places a victim in a double bind. Each of these alternative responses is examined. Sexual harassment as a form of employment discrimination under Title VII is considered. Job-contingent sexual harassment as the first requirement of liability and employer knowledge of the conduct as the second requirement of liability are analyzed, as are avoidance of liability and the most recent court decision involving sexual harassment. The 1980 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines are briefly examined, as are ways that employer and coworker attitudes and practices may be modified to meet the requirements of the guidelines. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Court Litigation, Employed Women, Employment Practices, Higher Education, Legal Problems, Personnel Policy, School Personnel, Sex Discrimination, Social Attitudes, Trend Analysis
Center for the Study of Higher Education, School of Education, University of Virginia, 405 Emmet St., Charlottesville, VA 22903 ($2.08).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Sexual Harassment