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Monday, July 14, 2003

Even in Rome, Sexual Harassment Is Now ....

Well technically "an effective and concrete intrusion into the sexual sphere of the victim'' is what the week end story in the Edmonton Journal quoted the Italian high court calling the crime of a "serial bottom pincher" who was given a 14 month suspended sentence after a 20 year old objected to his favors. This reversed a two year old ruling which had been strongly criticized which had excused such conduct as long as it was a "single incident". Although not a workplace ruling, this evidence of change in view in a country where such behavior has come to be regarded as stereotypical, has to be a step forward for civilized conduct in the world in general.

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