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As members of the legal community, they are committed to ensuring that women

and men have a work place free from sexual harassment and therefore recognize the

need for all employers, including 'legal employers", to have and enforce a sexual

harassment policy. To assist in educating the legal profession, the judiciary, and

society at large on the issue of sexual harassment, and to enhance the working

environment for all persons, these guidelines are offered. Sexual harassment policies

should not only be written, but need to be implemented in a form that will prevent

sexual harassment from occurring in the work place, educate employers and employees

regarding their responsibilities and rights, improve morale, enhance professionalism,

increase productivity, encourage victims of harassment to come forward and ensure

that man agent takes prompt and effective corrective action to eradicate sexual


Sexual harassment is illegal sex discrimination and includes any unwelcome

advances, requests for sexual favors and any other verbal, visual, or physical conduct

of a sexual nature which meets and one of the following three criteria:

a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly a term condition or

condition the individual's employment.

b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the baisis for employment decisions affecting such individual.

c. Conduct which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an

Individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

It determining whether one of the above criteria is met, the standard to be applied is

that of the reasonable victim of the same gender as the victim. For example, the

perspective of a "reasonable female victim" should be applied when the victim is a


An effective sexual harassment policy is one that focuses on prevention. Also,

sexual harassment policy provides...