ERIC Number: ED226619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Harassment: An Employment Issue. A CUPA Monograph.
Deane, Nancy H.; Tillar, Darrel L.
A practical approach to the prevention of sexual harassment is considered, and a study of sexual harassment as perceived by victims, the courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is presented. Attention is directed to the sociology of sexual harassment and to the following possible responses available to victims of harassment: acquiescing, declining but remaining silent, complaining through internal procedures, claiming unemployment compensation benefits after losing the job, pursuing state legal remedies, and filing a federal sex discrimination charge. Each possible response has negative consequences, and this places a victim in a double bind. Federal courts have addressed whether verbal and physical sexual advances are actionable under the central provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To understand the current position of the federal courts, some early and subsequent decisions are reviewed. The EEOC guidelines, which give a sweeping interpretation to the reach of Title VII in sexual harassment cases, are examined and sample policy statements prohibiting sexual harassment are presented. Attention is also directed to grievance procedures, sanctions, recordkeeping and reporting of sexual harassment, and students harassing students or employees. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Students, Court Litigation, Employer Employee Relationship, Federal Legislation, Females, Grievance Procedures, Higher Education, Personnel Policy, Policy Formation, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment
College and University Personnel Association, 11 Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.00, CUPA members; $12.00, nonmembers).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College and Univ. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission