Taylor and the bank categorically denied Vinson’s allegations. Does the conduct constitute sexual harassment? Explain.

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Michelle Vinson was an employee of Meritor Savings Bank for approximately four years. Beginning as a teller-trainee, she ultimately advanced to the position of assistant branch manager.

Her promotions were based solely upon merit. Sidney Taylor, a vice president of the bank and manager of the branch office in which Vinson worked, was Vinson’s supervisor throughout her employment with the bank. After the bank fired Vinson for her abusive use of sick leave, Vinson brought an action against Taylor and the bank, alleging that during her employment, she had “constantly been subjected to sexual harassment” by Taylor in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Vinson stated that Taylor repeatedly demanded sexual favors from her, fondled her in front of other employees, and forcibly raped her on a number of occasions. Taylor and the bank categorically denied Vinson’s allegations. Does the conduct constitute sexual harassment? Explain.