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Sexual Discrimination at Workplace: Ellingsworth v Hartford Fire Ins. Co.

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This article discusses the case of Ellingsworth v Hartford Fire Ins. Co. where an employee was repeatedly bullied on her sexual orientation and was constructively discharged from the organization. The case was won by the employee on the basis of gender stereotyping which can also be termed as sex discrimination.
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Sexual Discrimination at Workplace: Ellingsworth v Hartford Fire Ins. Co._1
Human Resource Management1Human Resource ManagementIn a case between Ellingsworth v Hartford Fire Ins. Co. it was found that a supervisor of the organization used to repeatedly tell an employee that the employee dressed like a lesbian and had tattoos like a lesbian (STENGEL, 2018). This event took place repeatedly at the workplace. The employee who used to work at Hartford Fire Ins Co. used to get comments ofbeing lesbian and the tattoos that were inked in her body were like lesbians. She was even forced to show her tattoos to the co-workers and asked if the tattoos made her look like a lesbian or not. But it was found that the employee was heterosexual in nature. The repetitive event of this sort kept on happening and she couldn’t bear any longer. As she was unable to concentrate on the work and not being able to bear the situation on a daily basis she took leave and eventually resigned from the job alleging constructive discharge. A case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The case was found to be declared against the motion where the plaintiff claimed gender stereotyping which was found to be in the violation of Title VII. The whole event of bullying took place for one full year before the employee left the job and nobody took any action. Late the employee also said that the reason for which the HR department needs money is this to educate staffs of such behaviors at workplace. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a law that protects individuals against discrimination and preaches equality (Andrews and Gaby, 2015). This law generally prohibits discrimination based on certain characteristics by the state and the federal government of the United States of America. Any discrimination in the private sector is not directly constrained by the constitution hence it protects only the employees of the public sector. Under this federal law, employer or any person can not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, and others.
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