Entry from US English dictionary
Law A guideline for determining what constitutes sexual harassment, based on suppositions about what a reasonable woman would find objectionable.
- That prompted courts to adopt the reasonable woman standard, requiring judges and juries to adopt the perspective of the harassees, which often tend to be women, when evaluating the circumstances in a sexual harassment claim.
- The reasonable woman standard posits that if females experience ‘disparate impact,’ then that's sex discrimination.
- A reasonable woman standard allows the fact finder to ask whether a reasonable woman in the plaintiff's position would have felt that the respondent's actions constituted sexual harassment.
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Syllabification: rea·son·a·ble wom·an stand·ard
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