Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 6, 2011 0:48 UTC (Sun) by BrucePerens
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With the difference between "humiliating" and "mere offensive utterance" being precisely and objectively defined?
Obviously whether a communication is directed toward a person or class of people would be a determination. Calling a woman "b***h" is intended to humiliate her. Undirected obscentity is merely offensive.
But this is not to say that courts or corporate sexual harassment policies have really grappled with the subject, either. In fact, there is one place where they seriously blow it, which is that they consider harassment to be only unwelcome advances. Making it entirely dependent upon something the recipient decides after the message has already been sent. A fair rule would simply direct employees not to make such advances to their co-workers.
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