Under federal law, sexual harassment is described as a form of sex discrimination that violates a person’s civil rights, creates a hostile work environment and is conduct that is unwanted and sexual in nature. In 1994, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that behavior could be considered sexual harassment and a violation of a person’s civil rights if it creates a hostile and abusive working environment. Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances. It may be physical, verbal or non-verbal.
Muzak was a multi-million dollar company and over the years had created the largest digital music library in the world. Despite their past success, they were not conveying the modern image they wanted to the public. This led the new senior management team at Muzak to implement change.
Politics and governance involve all aspects of power: who has power, what power relations exist, how power is exercised, the institutions of power, how they operate, what laws and policies are churned out from these institutions and what impact those have on people. Through the patriarchal powers vested in them by society, men become the ‘directors’ of virtually all public life – the ‘face’ of politics and governance. (Lowe Morna, 2004: 25)