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Sexual harassment at the workplace such as private
or public institution is considered centuries old, as is mentioned above firstly
it was noticed at African-American women slaves, without the protection of law.
In these cases Americans most of the times blamed women for this mess; both
categories of domestic servants and slaves were considered responsible for
their “collapse”. Still there were a portion of public commentary that punished
men for sexual abuse against the slaves and internal servants.  For example extract press were showing tons
of stories for women who were sexually harassed by their superiors. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B.
Siegel , 2004)

            Moreover by the end of 19th
century, Helen Campbell writes “Women Wage-Workers”, a report that talks about
household services, a service that she describes as degeneration when it comes
to a woman. Campbell’s report highlights the sexual extortion over women
employers at different factories and clothing industries. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004) At the beginning of
20th century, also Upton Sinclair with her book so called “Jungle”
exposed the situation of women who were working at “packing meat industry”,
showing sexual forms that were practiced for “slavery wage”. (Sinclair, Jungle, 1906)

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            The voice of these public
commentators and of the extract press was heard. American Legal System
contributed on giving woman protection from sexual abuse at the workplace. This
law punished rape as an occurrence, but this law was not protecting slaves.
According to this system; elements that were determining “rape” were very
restrictive so any women that were sexually harassed at the workplace would
have any cause to believe that state would punish that men took advantages of
them. According to Reva B. Siegel as another reason that women closed eyes
toward reporting against this phenomenon was because would ruin their
reputation and cause damages to their marriages, which usually followed after a
rape complaint. (Catharine A.
MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

During 1873-1874 in Cleveland was found the National
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, an independent organization which except
different kind of issues they also lobbied to reform the laws against sexual
abuse at the workplace, this leaded in creation of a national campaign to
change the law toward rape status. Back in time this and too many other
movements were taken to create and change the laws against this world issue. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

As we know, in 1979 the law professor Catharine
MacKinnon wrote the book “Sexual Harassment of Working Women” which requested
legal mechanisms for treating and compensating its victims. (MacKinnon,
1979)
Mackinnon contended that sexual harassment firstly was happening to women and
seldom to men, therefore according to her this is a reason why sexual
discrimination should be seen as a form of sex discrimination. Viewing sexual
harassment as sex discrimination meant that victims would have the same legal
protection as victims of sex discrimination. (MacKinnon, 1979)

The first legal guidelines were developed by Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission at 1980, where this agency was responsible to
ensure equal rights and opportunities at the work place for all employers. This
agency’s guideline was reliable with Mackinnon position and defined Sexual
Harassment under Title VII of Civil Rights Act as a form of illegitimate sex
based discrimination. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

Since then, more than a few states have passed their
own laws, regulations or administrative procedures with the main aim to
eliminate sexual harassment at the workplaces.

Various public and private agencies also courts,
have seen an increase toward complaints for sexual harassment in the workplace
since 1980.Sexual harassment at the workplace such as private
or public institution is considered centuries old, as is mentioned above firstly
it was noticed at African-American women slaves, without the protection of law.
In these cases Americans most of the times blamed women for this mess; both
categories of domestic servants and slaves were considered responsible for
their “collapse”. Still there were a portion of public commentary that punished
men for sexual abuse against the slaves and internal servants.  For example extract press were showing tons
of stories for women who were sexually harassed by their superiors. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B.
Siegel , 2004)            Moreover by the end of 19th
century, Helen Campbell writes “Women Wage-Workers”, a report that talks about
household services, a service that she describes as degeneration when it comes
to a woman. Campbell’s report highlights the sexual extortion over women
employers at different factories and clothing industries. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004) At the beginning of
20th century, also Upton Sinclair with her book so called “Jungle”
exposed the situation of women who were working at “packing meat industry”,
showing sexual forms that were practiced for “slavery wage”. (Sinclair, Jungle, 1906)

            The voice of these public
commentators and of the extract press was heard. American Legal System
contributed on giving woman protection from sexual abuse at the workplace. This
law punished rape as an occurrence, but this law was not protecting slaves.
According to this system; elements that were determining “rape” were very
restrictive so any women that were sexually harassed at the workplace would
have any cause to believe that state would punish that men took advantages of
them. According to Reva B. Siegel as another reason that women closed eyes
toward reporting against this phenomenon was because would ruin their
reputation and cause damages to their marriages, which usually followed after a
rape complaint. (Catharine A.
MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

During 1873-1874 in Cleveland was found the National
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, an independent organization which except
different kind of issues they also lobbied to reform the laws against sexual
abuse at the workplace, this leaded in creation of a national campaign to
change the law toward rape status. Back in time this and too many other
movements were taken to create and change the laws against this world issue. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

As we know, in 1979 the law professor Catharine
MacKinnon wrote the book “Sexual Harassment of Working Women” which requested
legal mechanisms for treating and compensating its victims. (MacKinnon,
1979)
Mackinnon contended that sexual harassment firstly was happening to women and
seldom to men, therefore according to her this is a reason why sexual
discrimination should be seen as a form of sex discrimination. Viewing sexual
harassment as sex discrimination meant that victims would have the same legal
protection as victims of sex discrimination. (MacKinnon, 1979)

The first legal guidelines were developed by Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission at 1980, where this agency was responsible to
ensure equal rights and opportunities at the work place for all employers. This
agency’s guideline was reliable with Mackinnon position and defined Sexual
Harassment under Title VII of Civil Rights Act as a form of illegitimate sex
based discrimination. (Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reva B. Siegel , 2004)

Since then, more than a few states have passed their
own laws, regulations or administrative procedures with the main aim to
eliminate sexual harassment at the workplaces.

Various public and private agencies also courts,
have seen an increase toward complaints for sexual harassment in the workplace
since 1980.

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