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At issue in Robinson v. Jacksonville Shipyards (1991) was whether a court could apply the “reasonable woman” standard in a Title VII case involving sexual harassment in the workplace. In finding that the employer in Jacksonville Shipyards allowed for the creation of a sexually hostile work environment, a federal trial court in Florida decided that the female employee's Title VII claim was actionable. Although Jacksonville Shipyards was not set in an educational context, it is informative for educators concerning issues in sexual harassment.

Facts of the Case

The dispute in Jacksonville Shipyards arose when a female employee complained to company executives and supervisors that male coworkers created a sexually hostile work environment by displaying inappropriate pictures of women and making derogatory comments about her and other women. ...

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