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Sexual harassment is defined as un-
solicited, non-reciprocal physical or
verbal conduct which is demeaning,
abusive, or otherwise inappropriate to
employment or educational relation-
ships, according to Sylvia Gomez,
member of the state Department of
Labor's Office of Women and
"Under the new law," noted Collins,
"it's a crime for a teacher to use grades
to extract sexual favors from a
GOMEZ ADDED THAT sexual
harassment can also be the threat or
implication that lack of submission to
social or sexual intercourse or contact
will adversely affect a person's oppor-
tunity for employment, education,
membership or compensation.
"A lot of sexual harassment takes
place when there are no witnesses,"
emphasized Collins. "Not only in the
work setting, but also in situations
where a social worker might say to a
woman, 'Go out with me or else I won't
process your request for services.'
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Some realtors have been known not to
sell or rent property to women unless
they agreed to sleep with them first."
Collins said the key change from
Public Act 453 is that women can more
easily avoid being sexually black-
mailed by an employer or other mem-
ber of her office.
"THE NEW LAW makes it a crime
not only to perpetrate sexual
harassment, but also to allow it to hap-
pen on the work premises, which means
the employer is responsible for what
goes on," Collins maintained.
She also said that under the old law,
judges had more discretion in deciding
whether sexual harassment had oc-
"Now that sexual harassment has
been clarified and given a specific
definition within the law, courts will be
more consistent," Collins said.
She added that both men and women
have two options if they feel they have
been sexually harassed.
"They bring the case before a civil
court at their own expense, or they can
lodge a complaint for free with the Civil
Rights Department and it %
vestigate the charge. Then the p
the civil rights lawyer and the
dant's lawyer will argue the cas
the Civil Rights Commission, whi
attempt to resolve the argumen
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