Sexual Harassment Essay”Sexual harassment is not about sex, it is about power. ” -GretchenMorgensonAn unwanted sexual advance, an offensive touch, and suggestive commentsillustrate examples of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is defined byStephanie Riger as, “unwanted sexually oriented behavior in a work context. “However, sexual harassment does not only appear in an occupational environment,and this form of harassment is not limited to a specific race, a specific gender,or any certain lifestyle. Today, throughout the United States, men and womenare filing sexual harassment lawsuits as if sexual harassment were no greatmatter. A line needs to be drawn to distinguish what is and is not sexualharassment, but since sexual harassment is so subjective, a simple line becomesharder to draw.Order now
Some people want punishment for hostile environment harassment,but what constitutes a hostile environment? According to Morgenson a hostileenvironment includes “hazing, joking, and sexually suggestive talk between menand women who work alongside them. ” Lately, it seems that Americans are makingsexual harassment an excuse. People are crying sexual harassment like thelittle boy who cried wolf. Sexual harassment has become such an issue due to the large number ofcases presented.
When Anita Hill, law professor at the University of Oklahoma,brought allegations of sexual Zaccarello 2 harassment against Supreme CourtJustice Clarence Thomas, the whole world started listening. This case was “themost celebrated sexual harassment case of our time,” according to MarthaChamallas, and “Hill’s revelations prompted women to tell about their ownencounters with sexually harassing behavior-both in private and in public. “This case gave women a reason to report sexual harassment, and sexual harassmentwould no longer be overlooked. Women would no longer have to “flatter” theirbosses, as Erica Jong had to. Consequently, since Anita Hill came out and voiced her opinion, it seemsthat the issue of sexual harassment has become a security blanket for men andwomen, and filing lawsuits of sexual harassment have created a new money makingscheme. In 1996 my place of employment received two allegations of sexualharassment.
In the case I testified in court that I never saw any event ofsexual harassment that the lady in question described. The jury threw out hersexual allegations against our employer, and she was sentenced for embezzlement. In this case, sexual harassment was her security blanket against her employer. When she heard that she was being charged with embezzlement, she decided thatshe might be able to plea bargain if she proved that sexual harassment tookplace. When allegations of sexual harassment hit home, it has become clear tome that something needs to be done.
Employers need to safeguard themselves byunderstanding the definition of sexual harassment. Employers need to know theiremployees and be Zaccarello 3 aware of their employees’ values. Knowing thatsexual harassment is an issue of power and not sex, women need to prove to menthat they are not submissive objects. Jong states “just as men can use sexualityfor power, women can use anti-sexuality for political power,” and I agree withher. The issue that women should be lobbying for is equality. If women cannotstand up to their bosses and show them that they too are powerful, then womenwill never achieve equality.
Similar to my story, in the Supreme Court case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, Sidney Taylor was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee,Michelle Vinson. Michelle testified that in order to advance in her occupationshe had to have sex with her supervisor. Undoubtedly, she did have sexualrelations with her supervisor, but she never refused his advances, according toher affidavit.
In Taylor’s testimony, he told the court that he never madeadvances or even had sexual relations with her. Furthermore, Taylor testifiedthat Vinson’s accusations were the result of an earlier dispute over business. The court found that even if a sexual relationship had taken place, thatMichelle acted willingly, and that this relationship had nothing to do with heremployment to the bank. This is another example of how the issue of sexualharassment has become grounds for a lawsuit and a money making scheme.
Not only are women making money out of sexual harassment cases, but”peddlers of sex harassment advice have, of course, their own money makingagenda,” according to Morgenson. “There Zaccarello 4 are a lot of badconsultants taking advantage of the fact that sexual harassment is in vogue.”In fact, the government has granted aid to certain agencies whose .