WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. To be actionable, the harassment must affect an individual's employment, unreasonably interfere with an individual's work performance, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:
- Attempted or actual sexual assault
- Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity
- Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography, with co-workers
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace
- Telling lewd jokes, or sharing sexual anecdotes
- Inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing, or purposefully brushing up against another person
- Asking sexual questions, such as questions about someone's sexual history or their sexual orientation
- Making offensive comments about someone's sexual orientation or gender identity
If you believe you have been sexually harassed at your workplace, you should know that you do not have to tolerate this mistreatment and that there are laws to protect you. Contact our office for guidance and to see if you have a potential case.