Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 207–217 | Cite as

Disciplining sexual harassers: What’s fair?

  • David S. Hames


To avoid liability for hostile environment sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and to minimize the negative effects of such conduct on victims’ morale and perhaps their performance, employers must implement remedial measures that are capable of ending the harassment or even preventing it. Determining what constitutes adequate remedial action is difficult, and employers may administer excessively severe disciplinary penalties to ensure legal compliance. But such a response would contravene the tenets of just cause and industrial due process. This investigation examines relevant arbitration decisions to determine how labor arbitrators have balanced these competing interests. That is, it delineates the criteria that should be used to ensure that the disciplinary penalties levied against employees who sexually harass others are both adequate and fair.

Key words

sexual harassment discipline just cause arbitration of sexual harassment cases 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • David S. Hames
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management, College of Business and EconomicsUniversity of NevadaLas Vegas, Las Vegas

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