You may be wondering, is it sexual harassment? What exactly constitutes sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is any unwelcome advances that are sexual in nature and create a hostile work environment.
Each case is unique, so to answer is it sexual harassment, varies from case to case. To determine if yours is sexual harassment, file a complaint within your company's HR department or speak to a legal professional for advice specific to your case.
Is it sexual harassment? Here are 7 examples of common situations that may be sexual harassment in the workplace.
- A coworker repeatedly asks another coworker out on a date. This may be harassment if the advances are unwelcome and repeatedly denied.
- A manager or supervisor who asks (directly or indirectly) an employee for a sexual favor in exchange for a workplace benefit or promotion.
- A male manager or supervisor constantly demeans woman and the ability of women to perform work, or they just generally treat women rudely.
- Hanging up visual illustrations on the walls of the workplace that are sexual in nature, such as posters, signs, letters, drawings, or calendars.
- A coworker pinches, fondles, touches, or pats another coworker. This behavior is unwelcome and it interferes with the victim's normal work.
- A coworker who teases another employee (of the same sex) mercilessly for reasons relating to their personal life such as sexual orientation or his or her appearance.
- A coworker or manager who makes inappropriate jokes or comments in the workplace may constitute harassment if the jokes or comments are sexual in nature or refer to a person's appearance.
Again, each case should be investigated fully to determine fault and remedies. Speak to an experienced sexual harassment attorney for more advice that's more specific to your situation.