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Managing Sexual Harassment and Preference

Sexual Harassment

Company XYZ is located in West Hollywood. Many gay employees at XYZ are "exuberant" (and often explicit) in discussing their sex lives.

One of the professional staff (male) is "offended" by the behavior and complains.

West Hollywood has a law against discrimination based on sexual preference.

What do you do as manager of this company?

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1. Company XYZ is located in West Hollywood. Many gay employees at XYZ are "exuberant" (and often explicit) in discussing their sex lives. One of the professional staff (male) is "offended" by the behavior and complains. West Hollywood has a law against discrimination based on sexual preference.
What do you do as manager of this company?

As a manager of the company XYZ located in West Hollywood, it is your responsibility to provide a safe work environment (as opposed to a hostile environment) where all employees feel safe and protected. It is not an example of sexual harassment because it does not meet the necessary criteria. For example, a claim of harassment generally requires several elements, including:

1. The complaining party must be a member of a statutorily protected class
2. S/he was subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct related to his or her membership in that protected class;
3. The unwelcome ...

Solution Summary

Refering to West Holywood's law against discrimination based on sexual preference, this solution discusses what the manager of this company could do.

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