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Sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very big problem today. It is a

problem that hasn't really drawn much attention until now. More and more

sexual harassment cases have been brought up today than ever before. We

here about a harassment case in the papers almost everyday. Sexual

harassment has even drawn attention to movies. One movie that has drawn

its most recent attention to sexual harassment is Disclosure.

In the movie Disclosure, sexual harassment draws its attention to the

workplace. The workplace is a very common area for harassment to occur.

In some cases we might not know that it is even taking place. What is sexual

harassment? The dictionary definition of sexual is relating to, having or

involving sex. The dictionary definition of harassment is to annoy

persistently. The definition of sexual harassment then is to persistently

annoy someone through the use of sexual tactics.

The movie Disclosure portrays an act of sexual harassment in the

workplace. It involves a male and a female. In this case the male is the

person who is sexually harassed. In the movie the male character Michael

Douglas is sexually harassed by the Female character Demi Moore. The two

characters used to share a very sexual relationship at one time. The two split

up and did not here from each other in a long time. Demi than shows up at

the job where Michael works. She is Michael's boss.

Demi calls Michael into her office one night to go over a few things a

bout work. She than asks Michael to rub her back. Taking it as a friendly

gesture Michael returns the favor. The back rubbing is taken a little bit

further leading to other sexual advances. After feeling uncomfortable

Michael shouts no, no, no and pushes Demi away. He then leaves the

building and heads home.

Since they had past relationships Demi felt that Michael would want to

engage in sexual relations. Michael was know a married man and felt that the

actions were wrong. He had very strong feelings toward the act and decided

to take action in fighting the case. During the movie Demi continues the

harassing. She also brings in the issue of Michael losing his job if he doesn't


After a tremendous amount of arguments and negotiations the case is

won by Michael. Unfortunately not all cases are won but winning numbers

are on the rise. Sexual harassment cases are becoming a lot more popular

now than ever before.

In A Step Forward by Susan L. Webb sexual harassment is explained

in depth. In earlier court cases such as Miller v. Bank of America the court

interpreted sexual harassment based on sex as a personnel matter between the

two individuals not as actions directed at or effecting groups of people. It

wasn't until 1976 in the case William's v. Saxby were sexual harassment

established a cause for action.

In 1982 two federal courts of appeal adopted a classification scheme

for sexual harassment. One classification was Quid pro quo which means this

for that. Quid pro quo is defined as all situations in which submission to

sexually harassing conduct is made a term or condition of employment or in

which submission to or rejection of sexually harassing conduct is used as a

basis for employment decisions affecting the individual who is the target of

such conduct.

The movie Disclosure follows the basis of Quid pro qou. Michael's job

was at stake for not participating in sexual relations with his boss. Today he

and many others are faced with a similar case scenario.

The problem of sexual harassment has continued to get a lot of

attention. In A Step Forward surveys show evidence to this. In a military

survey of sexual harassment out of 20,000 military respondents 64 percent

woman and 17 percent men said they had been sexually harassed. In business

40 percent women and 15 percent men said they had been harassed.

On college campuses 70 percent of females said that they have been harassed.

Sexual harassment is an extremely big problem that should be taken

very seriously. The only way something can be done is if more people come

out to do something. If you are being harassed tell somebody about it as soon

as possible. The longer a person waits the less chance they have of something

being done about it. If you feel threatened by someone confront that person

about it. If you feel that the situation is harassment but your not sure, talk to

someone to gain the proper information you need. Don't become the victim of

such shameful acts.

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