Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Handbook of Cultural, Social Science, Management, and Legal Perspectives

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Handbook of Cultural, Social Science, Management, and Legal Perspectives

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Handbook of Cultural, Social Science, Management, and Legal Perspectives

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Handbook of Cultural, Social Science, Management, and Legal Perspectives

Synopsis

This essential handbook features overviews of sexual harassment in kindergarten through high school, college and universities, and public and private sector workplaces. The contributors to this volume come from diverse backgrounds; their disciplines include psychology, sociology, law, English literature, and management. Through teaching about this issue, conducting research, creating policies and procedures, working with administrative agencies (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office for Civil Rights), litigating cases, testifying as expert witnesses in Title VII and Title IX cases and working with state legislatures, the various authors have gained much knowledge of sexual harassment. School administrators, teachers, human resources professionals, and managers and supervisors in any workplace will greatly benefit from the insights in this volume. It is a unique compilation of findings from the social science, business, and legal fields. One of the truly unique features of this work is its emphasis on multicultural perspectives. It also reviews legal cases and presents actual tools for sexual harassment policies, procedures, and training programs in educational institutions and workplaces alike.

Excerpt

In August 2000, we had an opportunity to participate in the Ninth Annual International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment. One of the presentations, organized and facilitated by Billie Wright Dziech, was titled [Sexual Harassment: The Evolution of an Issue.] Billie invited three colleagues, Donald Hordes, Bemice Sandler, and Michele Paludi, to discuss ways in which the topic of sexual harassment has evolved in the fields of the law, education, and psychology.

Donald Hordes spoke about the evolution of sexual harassment from the legal perspective, that is, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Policy Guidance, Vinson v. Meritor Savings Bank, Faragher v. Boca Raton, and Ellerth v. Burlington. Don stressed the need to educate attorneys and judges about the psychology and sociology of the sexual harassment victimization process.

Bemice Sandler discussed the evolution of peer sexual harassment among college students, citing incidence rates that have changed relatively little since her first national study in the early 1980s. Bunny's presentation asked us to consider a different type of power analysis in understanding sexual harassment; sociocultural power rather than organizational power as well as contrapower analyses, as when male college students sexually harass their female professors (the professor's sex is a more salient factor for these male students than is the professor's status in the college/university).

Michele Paludi provided a critique of the discipline of psychology in its study of sexual harassment in the following areas: incidence rates, research versus practice, and methodological issues in collecting data, including construct validity and reactivity of the measures used. Michele stressed the concern that most of the research on sexual harassment has been guided by a series of questions that are victim focused and victim blaming.

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