Sexual Harassment Over "mini-skirt Mondays"

by Dr. Ari Novick October 14, 2011

In Utah, a woman is now suing her boss for sexual harassment because of "mini-skirt Mondays" and other strange dress code requirements. Other dress code days he attempted to enforce included “tube top Tuesdays,” “wet T-shirt Wednesdays,” “no bra Thursdays,” and “bikini top Fridays.”

In addition, Anderson alleges that Wright, the owner of Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electric Control Company in Pleasant Grove, Utah, watched pornography in his office, touched her inappropriately, and fired her after she reported the sexual harassment.

"As a result of the stress and emotional trauma of this experience, Ms. Anderson has been losing sleep, seeking professional help and has ulcers," the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, reads, according to the New York Daily News.

Clearly if these allegations are true, Ms. Anderson has a great sexual harassment lawsuit on her hands. But what is it that in the workplace in the 21st century that bosses think they can still get away with such bizzare behavior? 

Amanda Knox sexually harassed in Italian prison

by Dr. Ari Novick October 11, 2011

Amanda Knox the U.S. girl who was recently released from an Italian prison after being acquitted on murder chargers and said they she was sexual harassed while being incarcerated there. She claimed that an administrator ordered her into her office at night to talk soley about sex. She also said that she was harassed by female inmates.

The harassment only stopped after complaints from her attorney. "I know that in the case of the female prisoners who harassed Amanda Knox sexually that it didn't go to the limit," she says. "In other words, gradually, Amanda Knox learned how to fend off unwanted advances from female prisoners."

Not it may not be surprising that sexual harassment isn't just a product of the U.S. workplace. It happens outside the U.S. and outside the workplace. But fortunately as an American citizen we have the laws to protect us if we're a U.S. worker. Maybe Italy treats sexual harassment differently, who knows. But perhaps those prison guards could do with a little sexual harassment training.

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Ari Novick, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sexual harassment trainer.

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