Sexual Harassment in America: A Documentary History

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Appeals. If any party is unhappy with a decision rendered by the District Court, that party may bring the case to a Court of Appeals. The federal Courts of Appeals are divided geographically into twelve divisions, which are called circuits. The circuits are not required to agree with each other. In the area of sexual harassment, the circuits have divided over a number of issues.

Above the Courts of Appeals is the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decides which cases it wants to hear. Its decisions about the meaning of the law are binding on all of the Courts of Appeals and District Courts.

This book is divided into six sections. The first section explores the issue of what sexual harassment is and why it is considered to be an illegal form of sex discrimination. The next three sections explore sexual harassment as it has arisen in three contexts--the workplace, the military, and educational institutions. The fifth section deals with the ways in which the law is expanding beyond these specific areas, such as in the context of housing. The final section contains four Supreme Court decisions dealing with sexual harassment issues, which were released in 1998.

Within these sections, this volume explores the history of legal prohibitions on sexual harassment, setting forth the important cases that led to the development of the idea that sexual harassment is a legal wrong. It also focuses on current areas of controversy--such as whether same- sex sexual harassment should be illegal and whether sexual harassment law impermissibly interferes with free speech. Each section also contains bibliographical suggestions for further reading.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

For assistance with this book, thanks to my student research assistants Nicole Itkin and Stacey Matthews-Maurice.

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Table of contents

  • Advisory Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Series Foreword xix
  • Introduction xxi
  • Acknowledgments xxv
  • Part I - Defining Sexual Harassment 1
  • PART I: FOR FURTHER READING 16
  • Part II - Sexual Harassment in Employment 19
  • PART II: FOR FURTHER READING 131
  • Part III - Sexual Harassment in the Military 133
  • PART III: FOR FURTHER READING 190
  • Part IV - Sexual Harassment in Education 191
  • PART IV: FOR FURTHER READING 248
  • Part V - New Frontiers in Sexual Harassment Law 249
  • PART V: FOR FURTHER READING 260
  • Part VI - The Supreme Court's Decisions from 1998 263
  • Index 293
  • About the Author 299
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