DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The purpose of this paper is to examine the issue of discrimination and sexual harassment. Often, the two are tied together, but even when they are not, one or the other can be very devastating to the people involved and to the company at which those people work. Because of this, the issue needs to be explored in some detail, with emphasis on why it is important, what specific problems need to be resolved, what legal principles are available for governance of the issue, and what would be the best way to address the issue so as to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace as much as it possible in today’s fast-paced and sometimes vulgar society.
This issue of discrimination and sexual harassment is particularly important to companies and businesses because they often have such a large and diverse group of people working together under the same roof and important to me because I used to work for a company and I’m aware that it could happen to me or one of my co-workers. The diversity of many companies today, while important in generating different ideas and viewpoints, can bring trouble when employees bring prejudice and personal opinions based on race, gender, and other characteristics to the workplace.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem that is pervasive, perfidious and not easily cured. Sexual harassment, by law, consists of deliberate and unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted request for sexual favors, and certain other offensive conduct of a sexual nature. It usually involves people in positions of power (usually men) doing and saying offensive things, normally to women under their dominion. The quid pro quo and hostile environment are the two distinct forms of sexual harassment recognized by the EEOC and the courts. The most common form of sexual harassment is the quid pro quo. The essence of a quid pro quo claim is that an employer who has the authority to alter...