For example, in one of the departments Professors displayed inflammatory pictures and postings, offensive to Vietnam era veterans on their office windows facing the corridors. 1988) (barring discrimination in "terms, conditions, .
38 on off-color jokes and cartoons displayed in the workplace. permit, tolerate, or condone the sexual harassment of any employee" (apparently including such humor), and to "evaluate on an annual basis the performance of each department head on the basis of the quality and success of their efforts to implement and enforce the antidiscrimination policies." 39 Another court has found a hostile environment based largely (though not entirely) on "caricatures of naked men and women, animals with human genitalia, . 40 Though "[m]any of the sexual cartoons and jokes . 47 A Hanson, Massachusetts harassment policy for city employees defines sexual harassment as "any unwelcome action, sexual in content or implication, in the workplace that includes . Thus, they recommend, to avoid liability employers should purge workplaces of "blonde jokes" (on the plausible theory that they convey offensive attitudes towards women), 49 discussions of scenes from sex comedies such as "There's Something About Mary" -- "`It's exactly the sort of thing that could create a problem for somebody,´ says Carla Hatcher, a Dallas attorney who handles office sexual harassment cases" 50 -- and Clinton-Lewinsky jokes. Court of Appeals in for instance, upheld a $125,000 damages award based in part on a coworker's playing "misogynistic rap music" and displaying "music videos depict[ing] an array of sexually provocative conduct." 52 The injunction in another case barred the possession or display of any "sexually suggestive, sexually demeaning, or pornographic" 53 materials in the workplace, defining "sexually suggestive" as covering anything that "depicts a person of either sex who is not fully clothed . And I describe below many instances in which harassment complaints were brought based on legitimate art, from Goya to cartoons, but which never came to court because employers, faced with the risk of liability, ordered the art taken down.
None of the jokes were said specifically to the complainant; none referred to her; the cartoons were distributed by men and women alike, apparently once or twice a month over several years; the cartoons weren't even sexist or misogynistic. It concluded that the jokes "ha[d] no humorous value to a reasonable person," and "offended [complainant] as a woman." The Commission ordered the city to pay damages, to "not . 51 Art and Music: Likewise, art or music that is seen as politically offensive, misogynistic, or sexually themed can lead to harassment liability. Accurate Discussions Among Co-Workers: Harassment law may also punish accurate statements about coworkers, such as the fact that a coworker parole officer had been a prostitute. or veteran status"); pamphlet #ERD-7334-P (including "membership in the military reserve" in prohibited bases of harassment, alongside race, sex, and so on); IBM Corp., United States Staff Letter No. § 250.45 (1997) (barring discrimination in places of public accommodation based on a person's "lawfully wearing the uniform of any branch of the military or naval service"); Okla.
During the most recent military action of Operation Desert Storm, the negative attitude toward Vietnam era veterans became vocal. [This constitutes a v]iolation of 41 CFR 60-250.4(a) [ban on discrimination against veterans] and 41 CFR 60-250.6(a).
Complaints regarding the offensive postings and verbal harassment were brought to the attention of University Executives. 35 centerfold with the candidate's picture superimposed over the model's head.
The trial court concluded that this constituted sexual harassment of the candidate.