In 1980 the Commission issued guidelines declaring sexualharassment a violation of Section 703 of Title VII, establishingcriteria for determining when unwelcome conduct of a sexual natureconstitutes sexual harassment, defining the circumstances underwhich an employer may be held liable, and suggesting affirmativesteps an employer should take to prevent sexual harassment. See Section 1604.11 of the Guidelines on Discrimination Becauseof Sex, 29 C.F.R. § 1604.11 ("Guidelines"). The Commission hasapplied the Guidelines in its enforcement litigation, and manylower courts have relied on the Guidelines.


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