US Supreme Court Rules Title VII Covers Same-Sex Harassment


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During at least the past decade, federal courts throughout the United States have wrestled with whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits same-sex hostile environment sexual harassment. Some courts held that same-sex harassment claims were never actionable; others held that such claims might be actionable if the harasser was homosexual; while other courts held that such claims were actionable regardless of the harasser's sex, sexual orientation or motivations. The United States Supreme Court recently resolved the conflict created by these differing views by holding in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 2100 (1998), that "sex discrimination consisting of same-sex sexual harassment is actionable under Title VII of 1964." If you are interested in receiving the full text of this publication, please send an e-mail request to

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