ERIC Number: ED426504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-5
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A Study Concerning Sexual Harassment among School Personnel.
Peach, Larry; Reddick, Thomas L.
This paper describes a study conducted in 22 counties in Middle Tennessee to determine the extent to which teachers have experienced sexual harassment. Of the 318 teachers responding, 172 report having been subjected to unwanted harassment. Of those responding positively, 150 are female. The forms of harassment indicated were sexual remarks, unwanted touching; staring at body parts, and overt sexual demands. Only a small percentage actually reported the harassment, and four reasons were given for not reporting the incidents: belief that nothing would be done; embarrassment; fear of professional repercussions; and fear of ridicule by fellow teachers. The following guidelines that, they believe, may be helpful in deterring sexual harassment: (1) develop a written policy addressing sexual harassment; (2) communicate the policy to every employee; (3) conduct training and staff development for all employees; (4) report any inappropriate conduct to the proper authorities; (5) follow up on all complaints; and (6) do not tolerate sexual harassment. The paper also provides an overview of two recent Supreme Court rulings: "Burlington Industries v. Ellerth"; and "Faragher v. Boca Raton." Also mentioned are the inclusion of sexual harassment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments. (RIB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee