A Critical Race Feminism Empirical Research Project: Sexual Harassment and the Internal Complaints Black Box
70 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2005
A statistical analysis of 120 survey responses from sexual harassment victims suggests that White women and Women of Color may differ in their uses of internal complaint procedures. Specifically, White women in the study informed their supervisors and human resources representatives of their sexual harassment experiences at statistically greater rates than Women of Color in the study. The racial disparity is particularly worrisome in light of recent Supreme Court decisions tying employer liability to the use of internal complaints procedures. If the survey respondents track the general population of Women of Color who are disinclined to use internal complaints procedures, then Women of Color will be more limited by the Supreme Court jurisprudence than White women.
Keywords: Sexual Harassment, Racial Disparity, Internal Complaints
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