ABSTRACT

Managers at each of the five organizational case studies varied in their perceptions of the legal harm of sexual harassment. However, rather than expressing five different interpretations of sexual harassment, I found three distinct models or 'templates' for interpreting illegality. Rather than merely the result of national differences in law, these templates reflect the results of differences in social context, derived at both the national and organizational levels. I labeled these three different interpretations of sexual harassment the Legitimacy Challenge, Bureaucratic Compliance and Risk Management. Table 4.1 highlights the ways managers understood and implemented sexual harassment law in these firms. 1