Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Sexual Harassment: Laws, Incidence, and Organizational Responses

  • Michele A. PaludiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_397


Gender violence has been defined by the United Nations as “…any act that is likely to or results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats or acts of…coercion, arbitrary deprivations of liberty…private or public…in the family, community” (1995). Forms of violence included in this definition are rape, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, genital mutilation, trafficking, state-sanctioned violence against women, discrimination in education and workplace, and sexual harassment, the latter being the topic of this paper.



In the United States, workplace sexual harassment is legally defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” when any one of the following criterion is met (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC], 1990):
  1. (a)

    Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the...

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Recommended Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUnion Graduate CollegeSchenectadyUSA