The author practiced as a trial attorney for 20 years in a large Denver law firm. She consults with organizations and groups to explore and address gender issues. Recently, she chaired a working group assembled by the AAA which devised an alternative process for resolving sexual harassment claims.
Sexual harassment has existed for many years in many settings, but it was only recently, with the vast publicity accorded the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, that our society has taken a "collective leap" in understanding the complexity of this issue. All parties in a sexual harassment dispute (the accuser, the accused and the employer) have real, pressing and sometimes conflicting needs. The current litigation process fails to meet these needs, says the author. What is needed, and has recently been provided, is an alternative process that offers speedy, equitable and sensitive resolutions to these problems.