Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcomed sexual advance, request for sexual favor, or any other conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined in the same way but includes circumstances in which submission to such conduct is a condition of one’s employment or rejection of sexual advances would be used as the basis for employment decisions. Workplace sexual harassment also protects employees who feel that their performance has suffered as the result of a hostile environment. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most famous sexual harassment cases in the United States.
The Clarence Thomas Hearings The Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 opened the general public’s eyes regarding sexual harassment in the workplace after law professor Anita Hill testified that she had suffered sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, the soon-to-be-named Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, an ABC news article stated that Anita Hill lifted the veil on sexual harassment in the workplace and gave other women the strength to report similar incidents.
The Navy Tailhook Scandal One year following the Clarence Thomas hearings, Paula Puopolo complained to her boss that she was subjected to a ritual known as the “Gauntlet.” During her experience, Puopolo was ambushed by over 200 inebriated men as she walked down a hallway, at which point they began to grope, pinch, and pass her along length of the hallway. When she reported this to her boss she was simply told that’s what she gets for walking down a hallway of drunken aviators. A sexual harassment lawyer might think otherwise.
David Letterman and His Employees One of the most shocking sexual harassment cases came when one of David Letterman’s (of The Late Show) employees wrote to Vanity Fair that several of her coworkers were having affairs with Letterman and therefore getting special treatment. The employee complained that this special treatment was not only impacting her advancement opportunities but was also creating a hostile work environment.
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