No one welcomes or deserves sexual harassment. Its effects can cause emotional scarring that can stick with a person for years. Although sexual harassment is illegal, it still occurs to this day, creating a hostile work environment for those on the receiving end.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any unwelcome sexual behavior, such as touching or speech, while on the job is considered sexual harassment. It’s illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Unwanted sexual conduct can interfere with an individual’s work performance. It can also be used to intimidate and offend, creating a hostile work environment.
Sometimes, a person is told his/her career advancement or employment depends on submitting to an employer’s sexual advances. It can be either stated out loud or merely implied. This is considered a type of sexual harassment.
In order for the sexual behavior be considered sexual harassment, it must be conduct that is unwanted by one of the parties. For instance, if you are having a relationship with a co-worker or supervisor, sexual advances may be considered consensual. So it may be important for the employee to prove his/her objection to the behavior.
And it’s not just the opposite sex who experience harassment – it can also happen between two people of the same sex.
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