The term "sexual harassment"[ edit ] Although legal activist Catharine MacKinnon is sometimes credited with creating the laws surrounding sexual harassment in the United States with her book entitled Sexual Harassment of Working Women,  the first known use of the term sexual harassment was in a report about discrimination called "Saturn's Rings" by Mary Rowe , Ph. In the book In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution , journalist Susan Brownmiller quotes Cornell University activists who believed they had coined the term 'sexual harassment' in after being asked for help by Carmita Dickerson Wood , a year-old single mother who was being harassed by a faculty member at Cornell's Department of Nuclear Physics. One of the first legal formulations of the concept of sexual harassment as consistent with sex discrimination and therefore prohibited behavior under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of appeared in the seminal book by Catharine MacKinnon  entitled "Sexual Harassment of Working Women".
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It goes far beyond slurs, hardcore pornography, repeated vulgar sexual propositions, and the like, and can suppress, among other things, political statements, legitimate art such as prints of Francisco de Goya paintings , sexually themed perhaps not even misogynistic jokes, and other kinds of speech that are generally seen as being entirely constitutionally protected. I aim to prove this claim below. The Formal Definition of "Harassment" The first place to look in determining the scope of harassment law, of course, is the legal definition of "harassment. Note what the definition does not require. It does not require that the speech consist of obscenity or fighting words or threats or other constitutionally unprotected statements. It does not require that the speech be profanity or pornography, which some have considered "low value. Even if I wanted to personally take time to appreciate this kind of "art," I reserve the right for that to be my choice and to not have it thrust in my face on my way into a meeting with my superiors, most of whom are men.
Workplace bullying and harassment
I had to stop several times and take deep breaths before I managed to get all the way through. It also leaves me soul-searching, wondering how and when I could have done more, in my position of power and privilege, to make sure I was part of the solution and not the problem. My wife Becky and I take these issues very personally. Becky has been the recipient of sexual harassment both in the workplace and in our personal lives, by those who should have been mentors, protectors and role models, but instead used positions of power and trust to be predators.
Alternatively, you can download the Bullying and harassment at work: Please note that there is a small charge for the Kindle edition. Under the Equality Act , harassment is unwanted conduct which is related to one of the following: People do not always feel able or confident enough to complain, particularly if the harasser is a manager or senior member of staff. Sometimes they will simply resign.