History of Sexual Harassment Project

  • 1964

    Title VII

    Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex but does not mention harassment.

  • 1980

    EEOC

    Interprets Title VII sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination during Eleanor Holmes Norton’s tenure as chair.

  • 1981

    Bundy vs. Jackson, D.C. Circuit

    Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex but does not mention harassment.

  • 1986

    Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (US Supreme Ct)

    First time ruling, even if woman who “allegedly has sex” with boss fearing job loss if she did not, could sue for sexual harassment. Question not whether her conduct was voluntary but whether bosses comments were “UNWELCOME”