Unwelcome and Unlawful: Sexual Harassment in the American Workplace (Paperback)Raymond F. Gregory (author)
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Nearly every American woman will, at some point during her working life, be sexually harassed, according to Raymond F. Gregory, a lawyer specializing in employment and discrimination law. Unwelcome and Unlawful provides information for those victims as well as for those suffering same-sex harassment and for male victims of sexual harassment. Gregory analyzes sexual harassment from the perspective of existing federal law and describes the legal rights that may be asserted by victims of harassment to obtain either injunctive or monetary relief. Conduct of a sexual nature that occurs in normal workplace socialization is generally not unlawful, but it will be considered to have crossed the line of legality if it is unwelcome and is sufficiently severe or pervasive to undermine an employee's work life.
Questions typically arising in a sexual harassment case include:
*What types of workplace conduct are classified as sexually harassing?
*When is sexual conduct considered unwelcome?
*When is sexual conduct perceived as severe or pervasive?
*What are the obligations of an employee to report acts of sexual harassment?
*If sexual harassment is proven, what monetary damages and other relief may the victim expect to be awarded?
*When is an employer liable for acts of sexual harassment committed by its workers and supervisors?
*What privacy rights does an employee claiming sexual harassment have?
By clarifying little-understood aspects of the law barring sexual harassment, the author presents an indispensable resource for victims seeking to learn what to expect from the legal system if they contest the actions of their harassers in the courts.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 595 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"As an expert witness, educator, and activist in the field of sexual harassment prevention, I found Unwelcome and Unlawful extremely useful for women, for lawyers, and for human resource professionals. Raymond F. Gregory has written a very helpful and readable book that combines a thoughtful discussion of legal theory and case law."-- K. C. Wagner, Director, Workplace Issues, Cornell-ILR
"Employment and discrimination attorney Gregory believes that most working American women encounter sexually harassing situations at some point in their careers. His book aims to help readers recognize what constitutes sexual harassment under the law and understand what to do about it.... The author uses actual cases as illustrations and is particularly adept at putting harassment law in the context of social and cultural changes. Highly recommended."-- Library Journal, July 2004
"Gregory eloquently uses the essence of dozens of precedent-setting appellate cases to elucidate the major legal theories in sexual harassment litigation. By using a style that is not too academic, the author helps trial attorneys and their clients recognize the themes in the fact patterns and understand the rational underpinnings of the often confusing court decisions. If a client, friend, or relative is contemplating a sexual harassment claim, he or she should read this book and relive the experience of people who have walked down that road.... This is an important addition to the sexual harassment law library. The author synthesizes a quarter-century of legal developments."* Trial *
"Unwelcome and Unlawful is highly readable and extremely valuable for working women who may experience harassment."-- Martha Burk, Chair, National Council of Women's Organizations