Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The harassment does not have to be sexual and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is against the law to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
At least one in four women are sexually harassed at work according to statistics maintained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Some studies suggest that the amount is even higher because not all victims reports the harassment. Despite the frequency of sexual harassment, occasionally, the conduct can be subtle and difficult to identify. In other instances, the behavior is blatant.
Here are some examples of behavior that would constitute sexual harassment:
- You observe sexist behavior
- You feel uncomfortable whenever a particular person is in your vicinity
- You are being touched inappropriately
- You are being bombarded with someone’s personal information that you do not want or need to know
- Saying “no” has not impact
- You are being subjected to jokes, images, language and innuendo of a sexual nature
- You have been asked to engage in sexual activity that is unwelcome
- You are being promised perks and benefits at work but only if you comply with requests for sexual favors.
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