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He Said, She Said, Let's Hear What the Data Say: Sexual Harassment in the Media, Courts, EEOC, and Social Science


Joni Hersch


Vanderbilt University - Law School; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Beverly I. Moran


Vanderbilt University - Law School

July 18, 2013

Kentucky Law Journal, Forthcoming
Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 13-13

Abstract:     
We examine whether two national newspapers (The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal) provide a realistic representation of sexual harassment in the workplace by comparing media coverage to empirical evidence on sexual harassment drawn from three distinct sources: reports of workplace sexual harassment that emerge from employee self-reporting through a sexual harassment survey of government employees, charges of sexual harassment gathered through Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge data, and federal district court complaints recorded by the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system. Whether intentional or inadvertent, the national media influences attitudes and subsequent behavior. We find that the national media presents a highly sanitized version, but fairly accurately reflects the demographic characteristics of both accused individuals and individuals who claim sexual harassment in the workplace.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: sexual harassment, Title VII

JEL Classification: J71, K42, K31

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Date posted: July 2, 2013 ; Last revised: August 20, 2013

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Hersch, Joni and Moran, Beverly I., He Said, She Said, Let's Hear What the Data Say: Sexual Harassment in the Media, Courts, EEOC, and Social Science (July 18, 2013). Kentucky Law Journal, Forthcoming; Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 13-13. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2288068

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Joni Hersch (Contact Author)
Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
615-343-7717 (Phone)
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Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management
401 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics
Box 1819 Station B
Nashville, TN 37235
United States
Beverly I. Moran
Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
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