Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (U.S.)
Guidelines on Sexual Harassment

A Breakdown

by Dr. Jan Garrett

This page was last updated April 11, 2001.

Based on EEOC, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1604.11, Sexual Harassment, as cited in Manuel Velasquez, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, fourth edition (Prentice Hall, 1998), Chapter 7. For more information on sexual harassment, see "Workers' Rights" at Ethics Links.

T1A = Is the act an unwelcome sexual advance?

T1B = . . . a request for sexual favors?

T1C = . . . verbal contact (conduct?) of a sexual nature?

T1D = . . . physical contact of a sexual nature?

T2A = Is submission an implicit or explicit term or condition of an individual's employment?

T2B = Is submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals?

T2C = Does such conduct have the purpose of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance?

T2D = . . . the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance?

T2E = . . . the purpose of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment?

T2F = . . . the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment?

According to the EEOC Guidelines, an act is an instance of illegitimate sexual harassment just in case

(1) the answer to any question from T1A through T1D is "yes"

and (2) the answer to any question from T2A through T2F is "yes."

J. G. March 29, 2000