A panel of three discuss the same-sex sexual harassment case ruling that was decided in the courts, and how it will impact the work place. For a legal explanation of today's same-sex sexual harassment ruling we turn to NewsHour regular Stuart Taylor, senior writer with National Journal and contributing editor to Newsweek, and we look at the ruling's impact on the workplace with Ellen Bravo, co-director of 9 to 5, the national association of working women which represents women and men in non-management positions, and Kathleen Neville, a business consultant and author of "Corporate Attraction: An Inside Account of Sexual Harassment on the Job. Stuart Taylor, first, a quick statement of the facts of the case that led to this decision. This is a lawsuit by a man named Joseph Oncal, who had been harassed on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on which only men worked. Two of his supervisors and a third man engaged in a succession of sexually harassing types of things with him, including humiliating him with a bar of soap when they were naked in the shower once, for example, threatening him with rape.
Sexual harassment case studies
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Warning: These are real life examples and contain language and content which may offend. These sexual harassment case summaries are grouped into two categories: court and tribunal decisions, and conciliated outcomes. Court and tribunal decisions are made after all the evidence is heard, including details of loss and damage. The full text of court and tribunal decisions is available from:. Conciliated outcomes are where the parties have reached an agreement through conciliation at the Queensland Human Rights Commission. Summary: A cleaner at a school was sexually harassed when two of his co-workers, one male and one female, set up a staff room to appear as though two staff members had used the room for a sex romp. The prank was directed at the cleaner, and the room was set up with empty alcohol bottles, clothes, and a condom containing fluid.
The award capped a trial in which the former physician assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento alleged she filed multiple complaints to no avail during her two-year tenure. The complaints included an allegation that one surgeon would greet her each morning by saying, "I'm horny," and then slap her bottom, the Los Angeles Times reported. Despite her repeated complaints, the company did little until Moore attacked her, yanked up her shirt and then masturbated, ejaculating on her, Alford alleged. Court records show attorneys in the case subsequently reached an out-of-court settlement.
Unheard of until the s, sexual harassment has become a dominant concern of employers, schools, and other organizations throughout the country. It is one of the most litigated areas of sexual discrimination law, and virtually all major companies, government organizations, colleges and universities and even the military now have sexual harassment policies in place. Even the president of the United States has been subject to a sexual harassment lawsuit. The definition of sexual harassment has always been controversial. Black's Law Dictionary defines it as ""A type of employment discrimination consisting in verbal or physical abuse of a sexual nature," and it has also been held to exist in educational situations.