Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 21–35

A Model for Predicting Outcomes of Sexual Harassment Complaints by Race and Gender


DOI: 10.1007/s10672-008-9072-4

Cite this article as:
Luthar, H.K., Tata, J. & Kwesiga, E. Employ Respons Rights J (2009) 21: 21. doi:10.1007/s10672-008-9072-4


Organizational scholars have studied the impact of sex on sexual harassment outcomes but left unexplored the influences of race. Thus, we use social identity theory to explore the role of race stereotypes and their influences on sexual harassment outcomes. We posit that stereotypes of African-American women tend to be much more negative than those of white women and this serves to marginalize their position both as victims of sexual harassment as well as complainants.

Key words

race gender sexual harassment outcomes stereotypes 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harsh K. Luthar
    • 1
  • Jasmine Tata
    • 2
  • Eileen Kwesiga
    • 1
  1. 1.College of BusinessBryant UniversitySmithfieldUSA
  2. 2.School of Business AdministrationLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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