Sexual harassment can be unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or physical touching of a sexual nature. If you are subjected to any such behaviors and they unreasonably interfere with your work performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, then that may be sexual harassment.
If you are subjected to an adverse employment action because you rejected any of those behaviors, that may be sexual harassment. Simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents may not be considered sexual harassment.
- Sexual harassment can occur whether the harasser is female or male. You do not have to be of the opposite sex.
- The harasser can be your supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker or a non-employee.
- You do not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
- Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
- The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.
It is best for you to directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. You should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available. If you feel that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, call us for a free and confidential consultation.
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