Professor Justin Lawrence
Define sexual harassment as the term is used legally.
Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Inappropriate sexual advances, verbal requests for sexual favors, and unwelcome physical contact constitutes sexual harassment. When any form of sexual harassment interferes with an individual's work and creates an intimidating work environment, it should be reported to the employer. Sexual harassment can occur in any of the following circumstances: The victim or harasser may be a woman or a man; the harasser does not necessarily have to be another employee; it may be a supervisor, agent or a non-employee; a victim could be someone other than the harassed victim. (Network, 2013) What is the difference between sexual harassment and gender discrimination? There is no difference between gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The gender discrimination is against a person’s gender and can be used to ask for sexual favors in order to get the job. Sexual harassment is when a man or woman or same are discriminated against sexually by sexual advances or treatment. But there are also other meanings for gender discrimination that are not of sexual nature. Some may see gender discrimination as a means to only hire a certain gender for a certain job. Meaning, some employers may see the need to only have woman cashiers or waitresses versus having a co-ed type of job duties. Some find that men should be the only ones doing construction work because of the strength they possess, but there are woman who can do the same type of work. They would not see this as sexual harassment although it is discrimination against a person’s sex. Quid pro quo; in the area of sexual harassment, quid pro quo describes a form of sexual blackmail. Quid pro quo sexual harassment is the conditioning of employment benefits on an employee's sub-mission to unwelcome sexual conduct....
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