Q: “I have enrolled my daughter in a school near our house, and just recently she found out that one male teacher whom she despised last year for making lewd comments about her figure will again be her teacher this coming schoolyear. As a result, she does not want to go to that school anymore, which is the only one near our place. Can I file a case of sexual harassment against this male teacher so that he will be terminated from employment?” – Fuming Mad mother
A: The law on sexual harassment has defined the structure and procedure to abate, prevent or hear cases of sexual harassment at work, education and training environment.
Section 3 (b) of RA 7877 specifically provides:
(b) In an education or training environment, sexual harassment is committed:
(1) Against one who is under the care, custody or supervision of the offender;
(2) Against one whose education, training, apprenticeship or tutorship is entrusted to the offender;
(3) When the sexual favor is made a condition to the giving of a passing grade, or the granting of honors and scholarship, or the payment of a stipend, allowance or other benefits, privileges, or consideration; or
(4) When the sexual advances result in an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for the student, trainee or apprentice…