Dateline: September, 2007, Issue 3
Sexual harassment knows no gender. Men can harass women or other men, and women can also harass men or other women.
Wayne and colleagues (2001) explored how jurors perceive cross-sex and same-sex harassment for both males and females accused of harassment. Over 400 jurors made decisions in a hostile work environment case. Each juror was given one of four variations of this case. Two variations alleged cross-sex harassment (male on female, or female on male), while the other two variations alleged same-sex harassment (male on male, female on female).
The researchers report three important conclusions:
The gender of litigants and jurors affects verdicts in sexual harassment cases.
Source Wayne, J. H., Riordan, C. M. & Thomas, K. M. (2001). Is all sexual harassment the same? Mock jurors decisions in same- and cross-gender cases. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86, pp. 179-187.