Sexual Harassment and the case of Browne Sanders v. the Knicks
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This essay is an exploration of the court case of Anucha Brown Sanders vs. Isiah Thomas, the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. Analyzing the civil rights law, and the acts of sexual harassment, it looks at the details and process of the court proceedings. It concludes that this court case provided a positive signal to organizations to create non-hostile work environments.
From the Paper:"However, extremely high-profile cases of alleged sexual harassment tend to bring into national prominence as some of its undefined parameters come under intense speculation. Though the outcome of these high-profile cases suggests that there has been precedent now set in determining these parameters, there still is an ideologically divided discourse on how to enforce the implications of sexual harassment violations. And more than that, in the view of such prominent cases as that of Anucha Sanders Browne, it is clear that even in some of the most visible contexts of American life, organizational cultures remain problematically steeped in archaic, patriarchal and hostile behavior and attitudes.
"The case of Anucha Browne Sanders is a particularly compelling one as it strongly reinforces a precedent with respect to the responsibility to be taken by organizations within which sexual harassment is allowed to persist or even enabled by a complicit organizational leadership. This is said to have been the scenario in the case of Anucha Brown Sanders vs. Isiah Thomas, the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. Based on testimony from many individuals associated with or employed by the organization, including prominent basketball players, a federal grand jury established that Thomas was guilty of continuous and unwanted advances upon Browne Sanders and that at times his language toward her was abusive and laced with obscenities. The grand jury further established that the Knicks had largely facilitated a culture of sexual inequality, laxness with respect to harassment issues and a general objectification of or disrespect for women at every level. As a result of this latter finding, it would be the Knicks and their ownership, in Madison Square Garden, that would be held responsible for Thomas' behavior while employed as their head coach. (Pesca, 1) The findings by the grand jury would be significantly aided by indications that, in fact, Browne Sanders had been fired for complaining to management about the treatment which she had received from Mr. Thomas."
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- Pesca, M. (2007). Jury Awards $11.6 Million to Ex-Knicks Executive. National Public Radio. Online at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14982736
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