There have been numerous reports of female employees being sexually harassed by male employees, ranging from sexual comments to groping incidents. Following an increased number of claims employers are advised to increase their understanding and awareness in this area.
Sexual harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to unwanted conduct related to sex which has the purpose, or effect, of violating their dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Harassment can also take place when there is unwanted sexual conduct, or where one receives less favourable treatment because an he/she has submitted to, or rejected, conduct of a sexual nature.
One of the biggest questions when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace is whether or not the employer is liable for harassment by third party. Federal regulations state that an employer may be held responsible for the acts of non-employees if the employer knows or should have known of the conduct and fails to take any action to correct the situation.
What Must an Employee Show to Establish Third-Party Sexual Harassment?
An employee must demonstrate the following:
- That discriminatory intimidation occurred in the workplace which was sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter its conditions.
- That a specific basis exists for imputing the conduct that created the hostile environment
to the employer.
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