Thousands of women, in various cities across Italy this past week, took to the streets in coordinated demonstrations against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The demonstrations were known as “If not now, when?”, after a Primo Levi book about the Holocaust. Women in Italy and around the world are angered at the role of women in the media, and frustrated about the future given the growing differences between the country’s problems and the government’s concerns. In addition to these concerns, a sex scandal charge is expected to determine whether Mr. Berlusconi, 74 years old, should be brought to trial on charges that he paid for sex with a 17 year old woman. It was reported that women protested in more than 230 other Italian cities, as well as 28 cities worldwide, including Paris and Tokyo with up to 1 million protesters worldwide. However, the demonstrations were not necessarily expected to translate into political change. Mr. Berlusconi and his defenders have dismissed the demonstrations as purely political, and called his critics “moralists” and “puritans.” Read More.
The socio-political woes of Italian women call to mind the importance of rights protecting them against the harassment of others. Issues of sexual harassment are governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As well as by state-level sexual harassment statutes which prohibit sexual harassment to and provide victims with a means to pursue justice. Sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways:
I. Quid pro quo harassment which can constitute a one-time occurrence or involve repeated behavior requiring a person to tolerate some form of sexual harassment in order to get a job, keep a job, get a raise or promotion, or to receive some other benefit. This harassment can come from a prospective employer, a current employer, a manager or supervisor, or a co-worker. The sex and sexual orientation of your harasser does not matter.
II. Hostile work environment which involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.
Employers that foster or allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees. Get more information,
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