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Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services Incorporated et al.

Significance, Same-sex Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault Or Horseplay, Impact, Further Readings


Joseph Oncale


Sundowner Offshore Services Incorporated, John Lyons, Danny Pippen, and Brandon Johnson

Petitioner's Claim

That on the job sexual harassment by coworkers of the same sex constitutes sexual discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Nicholas Canaday III

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Harry M. Reasoner

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia (writing for the Court), David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

4 March 1998


Ruled in favor of Oncale and reversed two lower court decisions by finding that Oncale was deserving of damages for sexual harassment.

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