Definition of reasonable woman standard in US English:

reasonable woman standard


  • A guideline for determining what constitutes sexual harassment, based on suppositions about what a reasonable woman would find objectionable.

    • ‘The reasonable woman standard posits that if females experience ‘disparate impact,’ then that's sex discrimination.’
    • ‘That prompted courts to adopt the reasonable woman standard, requiring judges and juries to adopt the perspective of the harassees, which often tend to be women, when evaluating the circumstances in a sexual harassment claim.’
    • ‘A reasonable woman standard allows the fact finder to ask whether a reasonable woman in the plaintiff's position would have felt that the respondent's actions constituted sexual harassment.’
    • ‘The reasonable woman standard reflects the difference between the female ethic of care and the male ethic of rights.’