On this day: March 4

Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:46:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The U.S. Constitution goes into effect, FDR reassures the nation, John Lennon gets into a popularity contest with Jesus, and Martha Stewart gets out of prison, all on this day.

OTD March 4 - same-sex sexual harassment
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1998: In the case Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, the Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex. The case arose out of a suit for sex discrimination by a male oil-rig worker, who claimed that he was repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment by his male co-workers with the acquiescence of his employer. Because it set a precedent regarding harassment "because of sex," the case has been lauded as a landmark "gay rights" case, even though all those involved were heterosexual.

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