Judge Dismisses Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against President Clinton (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: A federal judge ruled that the allegations of sexual harassment issued by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton were without merit. She noted that Jones had not suffered on the job as a result of declining then Arkansas governor Clinton’s alleged proposition.
On April 1, 1998, Judge Susan Webber Wright of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern district of Arkansas threw out the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. The president had moved for summary judgment because Jones could not show either direct retaliation or hostile work environment sexual harassment as required under Title 42 U.S. Code Section 1983 (Civil Rights Act of 1871, section 1). Section 1983 grants legal remedies for the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States by any individual acting under the “color of law” (any city, state, or federal official such as a police officer).
In any civil action in a court of law, the plaintiff must demonstrate that he or she has suffered an injury or damage. The record plainly demonstrated that Jones did not suffer any tangible job detriment, let alone one caused by her supposed rejection of Clinton’s alleged sexual advances. Also, the alleged actions did not constitute severe or pervasive abusive conduct. The court further stated that if the sexual harassment...
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