Sexual harassment in the workplace is discrimination that includes any unwanted comments, conduct or behavior regarding sex, gender or sexual orientation. The two basic types of workplace sexual harassment are quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a supervisor asks for sexual favors in return for a promotion. A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome physical or verbal behavior of a sexual nature.
The following are some examples of sexual harassment in the workplace:
- Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography
- Sending provocative letters, notes or e-mails
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace
- Telling lecherous jokes or sharing sexual anecdotes
- Making inappropriate sexual gestures
- Staring in a sexually offensive manner
- Making sexual comments about someone’s appearance, clothing or body parts
- Repeated inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing or purposefully brushing up against another person
- Making offensive comments about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
- Discussing one’s sex life in front of an employee
- Asking an employee about his or her sex life
- Leaving unwanted gifts of a sexual or romantic nature
- Spreading sexual rumors about an employee
Any actions or words with a sexual connotation that interfere with an employee’s ability to work or that create an uncomfortable atmosphere are considered sexual harassment. If you are a victim of sexual harassment at your workplace, it is vital that you memorialize the dates, time and nature of the incidents and report the harassment to your employer’s human resources department.
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