RE: Oncale Case

Darcy Lees (
Mon, 9 Mar 1998 09:17:46 -0800

It is my understanding that to date cases involving sexual orientation
harassment have been decided based on the 14th Amendment to the

In Washington State where our state law speaks directly to K-12 schools
and sexual harassment and same gender was specifically written in to be
covered, I make a distinction between just stating that someone is gay
or lesbian and referring to sexual acts and actions or statements meant
to be put downs based on gender, ie. Sissy, etc. In workshops I stress
14th Amendment, Title IX, and State law.
Darcy Lees <>


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> From: PaulEdison[]
> Reply To:
> Sent: Thursday, March 05, 1998 7:40 PM
> To:
> Subject: Oncale Case
> Does anyone know how likely it is that the
> Supreme Court's decision this week on the Oncale
> same-sex harassment case will result in cases
> arising from _sexual-orientation_ harassment?
> I've heard this in some of the coverage, but was
> under the impression that previously (including
> in the OCR Guidance on sexual harassment) sex-
> orientation harassment has definitely _not_ been
> covered.
> Thanks
> Paul Edison, Gender Issues Education
> Curriculum/Video for Grades 6-12
> <>

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