Understanding Sexual Harassment

It is important to know the facts about sexual harassment.  Knowing the facts will assist you in understanding and identifying sexual harassment.

• The conduct must be un-welcomed.
• Sexual harassment includes physical, nonverbal and verbal behavior.
• Gender-based slurs, lewd jokes and sexual contact are examples of sexual harassment.
• Behavior that creates a sexually hostile learning or working environment is also sexual harassment.
• The victim may be a man or a women.  The harasser may also be a man or a woman.  The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex in order for sexual harassment to occur.
• The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor of another area, a co-worker, an agent of the employer, or non-employee.
• The victim of sexual harassment does not have to be the person directly harassed. It could be anyone affected by the offensive behavior.


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