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NCJ Number: 156356 Find in a Library
Title: Harassment in the Workplace
Journal: Maryland Bar Journal  Volume:27  Issue:6  Dated:(November-December 1994)  Pages:13-16,18
Author(s): J M McGuire; A H Reff
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sexual harassment is discussed with respect to Federal and Maryland laws, with emphasis on preventive measures that employers should take and recent legal developments.
Abstract: Complete consensus does not exist regarding what distinguishes unlawful sexual harassment from the legally acceptable expression of sexual feelings, but a decade of litigation has substantially narrowed the area for disputes. In both prima facie and quid pro quo cases, the claimant must prove membership in a protected class, unwelcome sexual harassment based on sex, and a basis for imposing respondeat superior liability. Plaintiffs in quid pro quo cases must also prove that their reaction affected tangible aspects of their terms or privileges of employment. Employers should take affirmative steps to prevent valid claims of harassment. These should include a published polity prohibiting harassment, training for managers and supervisors, and careful procedures in handling complaints. Consistency in the handling of cases is critical.
Main Term(s): Victim counseling
Index Term(s): Employee grievances; Employer-employee relations; Federal Code; Maryland; Sexual harassment
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