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A dramatic decision produces new guidelines for judging sexual harassment

Teresa Harris long ago stopped expecting speedy justice. Six years have passed since the Nashville, Tennessee, woman quit her job in despair because of her boss's taunts and bantering. Since then Harris, the former rental manager of an equipment company, has spent long hours sitting in courtrooms trying to convince judges that she was sexually harassed in violation of federal law. Last month, when she got to the Supreme Court, she was braced for another delay.

But this time Harris, 41, didn't have to wait. To the amazement of seasoned court watchers, the Supreme Court last week issued the equivalent of...

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