Misplaced Affections

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| Case Study 1 |
Memo
To: Abbe Siver
From: Nihad Polimac
Date: 9/22/2011
Re: Misplaced Affections
Situations:
In the case of “Misplaced Affections” sexual harassment occurred by creating a hostile environment for Mrs. Beverly Gilbury by Mr. Peter Lewiston. Lewiston started changing during the 2007-2008 school year. Lewiston created this hostile environment by paying more attention to Mrs. Gilbury and participating in visiting her classroom more often, writing Mrs. Gilbury letters and sending her flowers. On June 8, 2008 during the close of the school day, Lewiston showed up around Gibury’s car trying to explain himself. The parking lot scene got more disturbing and physical as Lewiston reached to touch Gilbury by her shoulder, but touched her head instead. This made Gilbury very uncomfortable so she drove away, very upset. Mr. Lewiston was frequently told by Gilbury that she thought of him nothing more than a friend.
On June 9, 2008, Gilbury received another letter from Lewiston. The letter stated that he was wrong for trying to develop a relationship with her and hoped they could still remain friends. June 11, 2008 Gilbury obtained an injunction prohibiting sexual harassment by Lewiston from the Western Justice Court. Lewiston appealed the injunction shortly after and Gilbury received a notice in the mail showing her the dates of the appeal hearing. Failing to appear at the hearing meant the injunction may be vacated. On July 11, Gilbury filed a sexual harassment complaint with the district’s EEOC officer against Lewiston. In the end the court concluded that Lewiston’s actions created an “extremely sexual hostile’ environment for Gilbury. The court recommended dismissal based upon the previous conduct of Lewiston and the initial injunction granted by the Justice Court.
Main Problem:
As a result of Mr. Lewiston’s sexual harassment behavior towards Mrs. Gilbury the key problem arises. Mr. Lewiston has created an extremely sexual hostile work environment



References: Roberts, B. S., & Mann, R. A. (2008, November 16). SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE      WORKPLACE: A PRIMER . Retrieved from http://www3.uakron.edu/lawrev/      robert1.html

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