Dr. Patricia A. Lapoint
Principles of Management (Online course)
January 29, 2013
Ruth Jones Case Analysis
Sexual Harassment is a big issue in United States and United Kingdom. Both countries have their own laws against people who have this kind of attitude, punishing them severely. In the United States, the law says “Sexual Harassment is such unwelcome sexually determined behavior as physical contact and advances, sexually colored remarks, showing pornography and sexual demands, whether by words or actions. Such conduct can be humiliating and may constitute a health and safety problem; it is discriminatory when the woman has reasonable ground to believe that her objection would disadvantage her in connection with her employment, including recruitment or promotion, or when it creates a hostile working environment.” In United Kingdom, all labor issues are within the jurisdiction of the provinces, and each territory or province administers its own human rights law. All Canadian human rights acts at the provincial level prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sex. The Canadian human rights act does not precisely define sexual harassment, but the Canadian labor code defines it explicitly as “any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature that is likely to cause offence or humiliation to any employee; and that might, on reasonable grounds, be perceived by that employee as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on an opportunity for training or promotion.” The U.S. and Canadian definitions of sexual harassment are closely tied to the type of remedy available to a victim of this form of violence. They are really similar in the way that they define Sexual Harassment. However, United Kingdom are pretty much universal nationwide; the United States doesn’t work that way. There are both federal and state laws, and while federal laws apply in all states, state law can and does vary drastically. Additionally,...