Sexual Harassment

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Sexual Harassment Introduction On December 1, 1955, a middle-aged black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white person. At that time specific seats on buses were reserved for white people and black people were expected to stand if there were no ?black? seats available on the bus. When Mrs. Parks refused to move the bus driver called the police and had her arrested. The result of this was the year long Montgomery bus boycott ? a year-long protest during which the black community of Montgomery refused to ride segregated busses. In November of 1956 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision stating that Alabama?s bus segregation law was illegal. This was a victory for the black community in Montgomery. But it had wider implications. ?Montgomery marked the first time since Reconstruction that southern blacks protested en masse, and ? largely owing to the influence of King ? they acted nonviolently.?

The Montgomery bus boycott saw the rise to leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an advocate of nonviolent resistance of blacks to white oppression in America. Therefore it is sometimes seen as the event that was the birth of the modern Civil Rights movement in America. The results of the Civil Rights movement included the passing by the United States Congress of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is a significant landmark in the legal protection of the rights of Americans of all types to have equal protection by the law ? especially in the workplace.

Yet inequality of rights and protection and opportunity still exists. Looking back at the Montgomery bus boycott the question rises about whether other groups might feel the need to use similar tactics to get more equality in the United...