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Same-Sex Harassment:
Oncale, Joseph v. Sundowner Offshore, et al.

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Subjects: Sexual Harassment; Civil Rights Act

Argued: Dec. 3, 1997

Decided: March 4, 1998
Vote: 9-0
At Issue: Whether members of the same sex can file sexual harassment claims under federal civil rights provisions.

Decision: The justices ruled unanimously that federal laws banning employment sexual harassment apply to a situation in which both the harasser and the person filing the complaint are the same sex.

Read the full text of the Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, et al. decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Listen to the Oncale, Joseph v. Sundowner Offshore Services, et al. oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.

Read the lower court decision at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Web site.

Take a look at the specifics of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Web site.


Background from The Post
Same-Sex Ruling's Impact May Be Minimal (March 6, 1998)
Court Says Law Covers Same-Sex Harassment (March 5, 1998)
Justices Hear Harassment Case (Dec. 4, 1997)
Justices to Review Same-Sex Harassment Case (June 10, 1997)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)


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