A liberalization of the meaning of sexual harassment in the workplace by the U.S. Supreme Court means there are more ways to violate the federal law against sex discrimination than ever before, according to the inspector general of the Utah Department of Corrections.

Until the court ruled on sex discrimination in the workplace 18 months ago, Lynn Lund said sexual harassment consisted of a female employee being forced to exchange sexual favors for salary increases or promotions.But when the court ruled in June 1986, sexual harassment is anything that is demeaning or puts a person up to ridicule. It doesn't necessarily have to be sexual in nature, Lund told the Women in Business Committee of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday in the Riverboat.