Hostile Work Environment

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Hostile Work Environment

It’s about the Discrimination Not “The Sex”

Dale Vineyard

March 15, 2013

Organizational Behavior

Article Review

Keith Buelow

Hostile work environment, from a historical prospective, has derived from a sexual harassment paradigm and theory of discrimination has tended to be viewed as linked to sexual conduct. The passage of Title VII of the Civil rights act has brought a struggle for courts to establish the framework to conceptualize and recognize the claims of sex discrimination. Hostile work environment has been rooted from the assumption that sexual harassment derives from desire or dominance.

Title VII interprets hostile work environment as the presence of overt sexual conduct to demonstrate that an individual’s working conditions have been discriminatorily altered so as to create a hostile environment. These events have brought a broad contextual paradigm, which reflects a greater willingness by the courts to view the evidence offered in support of hostile work environments, without disaggregating evidence into artificially-constructed categories of sexual and non-sexual conduct.

A broader contextual approach has brought an arising exclusive approach to hostile work environment, and as result of exposing an individual to severe or pervasive conduct of a sexual nature. This gives the courts an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which discrimination because of sex is experienced by individuals in their workplaces. The major challenge is define and educate workplaces and employees on the basis of sexual and hostile work environments.

Opinion

I believe that hostile work environments have became a growing situation in today’s workforce. Especially with the growing of diversity in the workplace with more women obtaining jobs that were once…...

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