Identifying Sexual Harassment:There are many forms of sexual harassment. Below are a few examples of common sexual harassment situations, to help you better identify this type of harassment in the future:
- Touching someone in an inappropriate manner (brushing up against them, placing a hand on shoulder or back).
- Discussing sex or sexual acts with another employee.
- Kissing, hugging, punching, or grabbing someone you work with.
- Asking for sexual favors.
- Making uncalled for or sexual noises around another employee.
- Asking about the sexual history of a co-worker.
- Showing sexual photographs or objects.
- Insulting someone's clothing or appearance.
- Threatening an employee if they refuse sexual advances or favors.
Types of Sexual Harassment:The federal law classifies two primary forms of sexual harassment in the workplace:
- A Hostile Work Environment results when a person or group of people are made to feel uncomfortable at work. No physical contact has to be made to create a hostile work environment. A sexual joke or comment can certainly lead to a hostile work environment.
- The Quid Pro Quo is when an employees' work status is threatened or changed due to a sexual advance or favor. If someone is being hired, promoted, or fired contingent upon their willingness to submit to sexual advances or perform a sexual favor, it is quid pro quo harassment.
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