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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Guidelines for Educating Healthcare Managers

Author: ROBERT ROBINSON, GERALYN FRANKLIN, CATHIE TINNEY, STEPHEN CROW, and SANDRA HARTMAN
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 27 No. 4

Actionable sexual harassment is defined as a violation of Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In recent years, there have been a
number of significant developments in sexual harassment case law and
litigation including: (1) nationwide legal recognition for same-sex
sexual harassment; (2) increased standards on employer liability for
sexual harassment perpetrated by supervisory and managerial
personnel; and (3) guidelines for mitigating damages when employers
are found liable. These developments are of particular concern in those
professions such as healthcare in which women historically have been
represented as a significant portion of the workforce. Moreover,
because management and supervisory relationships in healthcare are
often cloudy, harassment by “supervisors” in healthcare settings can be
an issue of special concern. In this article, we review relevant issues
related to sexual harassment and provide guidance in dealing with the
issue in the workplace.

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