Sexual Harassment in Education and in the Workplace

The Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, education programs and activities.  All public and private education institutions that receive any federal funds must comply with Title IX.  Title IX protects students from harassment connected to any of the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of schools, regardless of the location.  Males and females are both protected under Title IX from sexual harassment by any school employee, another student, or a non-employee third party. 

(U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Sexual Harassment:  It's Not Academic, Washington, D.C., 2008)

Sexual harassment has no place in the work environment.  Employees support, work together, and depend on each other.  Sexual harassment does not promote an effective and productive work environment. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 12,510 charges of sexual harassment in Fiscal Year 2007.  Males filed 16% of those charges.  The EEOC resolved 11,592 sexual harassment charges in 2007 and recovered $49.9 million for charging parties or aggrieved individuals.  (Does not include amounts awarded in private law suites.)

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