An interdisciplinary approach to understanding social sexual conduct at work

Richard L. Wiener, Linda E. Hurt

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The authors reviewed the most recent U.S. Supreme Court holdings regarding sexual harassment (SH) and compared them to legal commentators' calls for reform in the law. Because the courts have ignored empirical evidence, and agreement among social forces is lacking, the judiciary has been unable to send a unified message to regulate social sexual misconduct at work. This analysis of recent social science research suggests that the a more thorough understanding of the fundamentals of SH law is needed. The authors' psycholegal analysis of SH policy adopts the interdisciplinary point of view called social analytic jurisprudence. They summarized some of the empirical findings guided by that perspective and concluded with a set of empirical research questions, the answers to which bring one a more interdisciplinary understanding of social sexual conduct at work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-595
Number of pages40
JournalPsychology, Public Policy, and Law
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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