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Boys Will <i>Not</i> Be Boys

Lewdness and rudeness can be a mess for your business-even without mixed company.

By Nichole L. Torres

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If you haven't been living under a rock for the past decade,you know that fondling, making lewd comments, demanding sexualfavors and other such conduct in the workplace is a one-way ticketto a sexual harassment lawsuit. Yes, employers know all about theperils of male-to-female harassment at work, and most have set uppreventive measures accordingly. However, the latest data showsthat men are starting to bring more sexual harassment claimsagainst other men. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionreports that in 2000, a full 13.6 percent of all sexual harassmentcharges were brought by men, and that figure has been steadilyrising since 1992.

"I have seen a great increase in complaints by men aboutmen committing sexual harassment," says Julie Crane, anattorney with the Fair Measures Corp. in Santa Cruz, California."There has also been a great deal more interest in this topicat [employer] trainings I've conducted."

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