Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids an employer from "discriminat[ing] against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's ...sex." In addition to prohibiting discriminatory hiring practices based on the potential employee's sex, the Supreme Court has extended the language of Title VII to afford employees a remedy for sexual harassment in the workplace.
Thomas I. Queen Jr.,
Holding the Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claim at Arm's Length: The Supreme Court's Strict [And Correct] Interpretation of Title VII In Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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