M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
Sexual harassment--Law and legislation; Work environment
This research compares the previously studied reasonable person and reasonable woman legal standards with a new reasonable employee standard on hostile work environment sexual harassment. Participants included 115 college students from a mid-Atlantic university. Measures were taken across genuine legal cases based on explicit, ambiguous, and non-traditional occupation fact patterns. No statistically significant difference was found among legal standards on measures of severity, hostile work environment, because of sex or conduct unwelcome. There was however a statistically significant difference between fact patterns on liability. Age, employment experience, and being a victim of sexual harassment produced statistically significant interactions with legal standards on several measures as well.
Rice, Jeanne M. O'Brien, "Comparison of legal standards in sexual harassment hostile work environment" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 753.