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Male on male sexual harassment: it may be about intimidation, not sex

 

Late last year, the EEOC settled a sexual harassment charge that reminds us that not all harassment is committed by men against women.

Six male employees of the  Cheesecake Factory received $345,000 in settlement of their claims that they were subjected to repeated sexual harassment at one of the company’s restaurant.  According to the EEOC, the evidence overwhelmingly showed that the men suffered sexually abusive behavior, including abusers directly touching victims’ genitals, making sexually charged remarks, grinding their genitals against them, and forcing victims into repeated episodes of simulated rape. Managers witnessed employees dragging their victims kicking and screaming into the refrigerator, the EEOC charged.  Complaints to virtually every manager at the restaurant were made, but they never put a stop to it.

Law professor Marcia k of St. Louis University had this to say about the case:  ”By exposing the men to taunts about their genitalia, sexually suggestive simulations, and lewd comments, the men perpetrating the harassment are seeking to embarrass and target the male victims—not sexually stimulate or “flirt” with them. Sexual harassment is about using power in a way to hurt somebody.”

Hat tip:  Workplace Prof Blog

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