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The Evolution of Sexual Harassment Policies in the United States

Andrew Strobele


Sexual harassment in the United States has taken on several definitions throughout the past 50 years as sexual harassment issues have been in the spotlight. A change in ideologies has advanced people’s views on sexual and gender harassment at their core, leading to informed citizens and greater policy changes. Policies and guidelines in all sectors of business have been adjusted in response to the attention on sexual harassment issues and the views of individuals. The most recent major update came from New York State on October 9, 2018. Peer-reviewed sources from the 1980s through today were used to explore this topic. This project outlines the timeline of sexual harassment policy changes, varying mindsets and attitudes, and key court cases that have influenced sexual harassment policy updates.