By deciding that sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, the Supreme Court cleared the way for employees, usually women, to sue employers for sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964.
Mechelle Vinson, a former employee of a bank, claimed that her supervisor, a vice president of the bank, had subjected her to constant sexual harassment and that this violated Title VII, as interpreted by guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She brought legal action against both her former supervisor and the bank.
By unanimous vote, the Supreme Court held that sexual harassment constitutes sex discrimination and is actionable under the federal statute. Speaking for the Court, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
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