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Sexual Harassment Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Employees in the Public Sector Workforce

1. Analyze two news events published within the past 12 months related to sexual harassment laws for or against lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.

2. Propose at least two ways your agency plans to address these events, highlighting two challenges to identifying and prosecuting offenders within your agency.

3. Debate It: Take a position for or against this statement: A public sector agency should provide medical benefits to employees who choose to have surgery to change their sex. Provide at least two reasons and examples to support your position.

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1. Analyze two news events published within the past 12 months related to sexual harassment laws for or against lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.

Article 1 - Sexual harassment in the Los Angeles Police Department:
http://www.frontiersla.com/News/Context/Story.aspx?ID=1864426

According to Article 1, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Sgt. Ronald Crump was successfully awarded a record $1.5 million dollars in a sexual harassment lawsuit he filed against the department, specifically, his supervisors. This complaint was originally filed through the legal channels in the department stemming from allegations of harassment by his superiors dating back to 2009 for his open admission of being a homosexual. The city had several chances to settle and resolve the matter; however, they chose to take it to trial.
The allegations were based on repeated harassment comments that came from his superiors about his sexual orientation in the workplace and around his peers. Because of the lack of internal rules that help regulate such activities in a proper manner, the claims were hard to prove as misconduct according to the LA District Attorney on the case. That is why it was left in a jury's hand to decide the fate of this officer. In the end, even though he won the verdict, he lost his job and career he loved as a result of the settlement.

Article 2 - Chick-fil-A's stance against gays in the workplace
http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/08/chick-fil-as-history-of-workplace-discrimination.html

According to Article 2, in 2012, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A made statements in an interview with the Baptist Press that condemned homosexuality as a sin under Gods eyes and his to paraphrase. This led to a mixed ...

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Sexual harassment in the public sector workforce is examined.

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