Third Party Sexual Harrasment
Q: if one person makes a "pass" at another (willing) person and a third person finds that "offensive", then we have a possible
sexual harassement case????? How is the third person "injured" in the eyes of
Most sexual harrasment policies cover unwanted sexual advances, comments, physical contact, etc. when it is used as (1) a condition of employment, (2) the
basis for any employment decisions or (3) unreasonably interfering employment or creating a hostile environment. Obviously, as the original post specified, conditions 1 & 2 don't apply so my question is once again, how can a third party
be considered to be "wronged" if there is the other two parties have no
complaint. What`s the test for "unreasonable". While I agree that this is a
serious issue and any individual who has been the target of such harressment
should have all recourse options open, I would like some feedback on the
third party issue.
A: But sexual harassment is a very complex issue, Larry. It is a serious problem. While it is true that a woman can now sue us for sexual harassment for things that might seem to be ridiculious, it is the only policy in which women have defend themselves against sexual harassment. These laws were not made to stop all men from making passes at women. They were made to give women some way of legally defending themselves from sexual harassment. If you can come up with a better way of reducing sexually harassment please post it. But until a more full-proof system is developed to curve this harassment, we should give women the power to define when it happens and that is exactly what these laws do.
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