Sexual Harassment Tutorial

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Sexual Harassment Tutorial
Based upon the scenario, Brittany Murphy has a legally viable claim for both quid pro quo and hostile environment sexual harassment against Personal Connections Are Us, Inc. Quid pro quo sexual harassment includes demanding sexual favors in exchange for a promotion, raise, or job in a workplace. This specific type of sexual harassment occurred when Brittany’s manager, Dwayne Miller, told her to accompany him on a business trip where she would have to share a room with him. He then offered to promote her in another department if she would expose her breast to him. Further proof of her claim is demonstrated when Brittany is demoted to a position in the mailroom with a pay cut after she refused to comply with the supervisor’s demand. Hostile environment sexual harassment is when an offensive work environment is created due to unwelcome sexual comments or conduct by employees, supervisors, or managers in a workplace. This harassment occurred when Robert Singer, Brittany’s coworker, made inappropriate comments on multiple occasions about the photo where she is wearing a bathing suit. He continued by taking the photo and putting it on his computer as his screensaver after editing the photo. Brittany attempted to request a stop to Robert’s behavior to her supervisor however the request was taken lightly and no action was taken to eliminate this hostile and uncomfortable environment. Therefore, the likely outcome for this scenario will be a win for Brittany Murphy on her sexual harassment case against Personal Connections Are Us, Inc.

The legal factors of the potential sexual harassment claim are the frequency of the discriminatory conduct, the severity of the conduct, inaction by the employer, explicit submission over a sustained period of time and the effects on the employee’s psychological well being. The frequency of this discriminatory conduct occurred for a sustained period of time and happened at multiple times. This demonstrates...
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